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 peltingprobably from obsolete pelt, to haggle, akin uncertain or unknown; perhaps to paltry
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.