Definition of pummel in English:


Syllabification: pum·mel
Pronunciation: /ˈpəməl

verb (pummels, pummeling, pummeled ; British pummels, pummelling, pummelled)

[with object]
  • 1Strike repeatedly, typically with the fists: Bob did not fight back for the fifteen minutes that the half-dozen men pummeled him
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    • The door shuddered as thumping fists pummelled the wood.
    • Feeble fists started pummeling him, beating at his chest.
    • He slipped on a pair of weighted training mitts and started to belt and pummel the bag mercilessly.
    batter, pound, belabor, drub, beat; punch, strike, hit, thump, thrash, cold-cock
    informal clobber, wallop, bash, whack, beat the living daylights out of, give someone a (good) hiding, belt, lay into, lam, bust, slug
    literary smite
  • 1.1North American informal Criticize adversely: he has been pummeled by the reviewers
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    • And the critics are likely to pummel it mercilessly.
    • What I cannot believe is that the leader of the opposition did not adopt this as his main line of attack and pummel the President on this.
    • Like some unwanted child who no one loved, Boat Trip sank like a stone at the box office and took a pummeling at the hands of critics and audiences alike.


mid 16th century: variant of pommel.

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