- Pelt is the act of throwing something at someone, or the skin of an animal with the fur still attached.
- The act of throwing rocks at someone is an example of a pelt.
- The fur coat of a fox that was removed to make a fur coat is an example of a pelt.
- Pelt means to throw something at someone or something repeatedly, often for the purposes of attack.
- When you throw rocks at someone, this is an example of a time when you pelt him with rocks.
- When hail stones are continually falling, this is an example of pelt with hail.
- to throw things at; strike with or as with missiles
- to beat or pound heavily and repeatedly
- to throw or cast (missiles)
Origin of peltLate Middle English pelten from uncertain or unknown; perhaps pelote, pellet
- to beat or strike heavily or steadily, as hard rain
- to rush or hurry
- Now Rare the act of pelting
- a blow
(at) full pelt
- the skin of a fur-bearing animal, esp. after it has been stripped from the carcass
- the human skin: a humorous usage
Origin of peltME, probably back-formation from Old French peleterie: see peltry
- The skin of an animal with the fur or hair still on it.
- A stripped animal skin ready for tanning.
Origin of peltMiddle English probably from Old French pelete diminutive of pel skin from Latin pellis ; see pel-3 in Indo-European roots.
verbpelt·ed, pelt·ing, pelts
- a. To strike or assail repeatedly with thrown objects: pelted each other with snowballs. See Synonyms at barrage2.b. Archaic To strike (someone) with blows, as with a club.
- To hurl or throw (missiles): children who pelted stones at the neighbors' windows.
- To fall upon; strike repeatedly: Hailstones pelted the tent.
- To fall heavily or abundantly; beat: The rain pelted down all day.
- To move at a vigorous gait: “A rider on a lathered horse came pelting down the Orange Plank Road” ( Stephen W. Sears )
Origin of peltMiddle English pelten variant of pilten perhaps ultimately from Latin pultāre to beat variant of pulsāre frequentative of pellere to strike ; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present pelts, present participle pelting, simple past and past participle pelted)
- To bombard, as with missiles.
- They pelted the attacking army with bullets.
- To throw; to use as a missile.
- The children pelted apples at us.
- (intransitive) To rain or hail heavily.
- It's pelting down out there!
- (intransitive) To throw out words.
- To beat or hit, especially repeatedly.
- To move rapidly, especially in or on a conveyance.
- The boy pelted down the hill on his toboggan.
- A blow or stroke from something thrown.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Possible contraction of pellet