Origin of peltingprobably from obsolete pelt, to haggle, akin uncertain or unknown; perhaps to paltry
A boy with an umbrella standing in the pelting rain.
- When you are throwing rocks at a building, this is an example of a time when you are pelting the building with rocks.
- When you keep bombarding someone with questions, this is an example of a time when you are pelting him with questions.
Origin of peltingPerhaps from dialectal pelt trash
- Present participle of pelt.
(comparative more pelting, superlative most pelting)
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
- Rusty is a little trickier, but you can distract him by pelting him with firecrackers first.
- Part of the fun is tossing obstacles into your co-players dance routines and disrupting their rhythm, which is almost but not quite as satisfying as pelting friends with obstacles in Mario Kart.
- The storm roared in through the ceiling, hail and water pelting her body while thunder deafened her.
- He hit the ground with a grunt, one ear ringing and his face stinging from pelting, hot debris.
- These they could not see, but they could feel them pelting the buggy top, and Jim screamed almost like a human being when a stone overtook him and struck his boney body.