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Definition of the verb pummel

What does pummel mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: pummelled, pummelling

  1. strike, usually with the fist
    • examples: The pedestrians pummeled the demonstrators | The fighter managed to pummel his opponent
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]Paula hit the ball | Paula spanked the child | Paula swatted the fly
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Paul kicked the door open | Paula bit the bag open | They spanked him dead
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]The cat clawed the counch to pieces | They spanked him to death
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument]The cat clawed the counch to pieces with her sharp nails | They spanked him to death with a bat
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Paula hit the ball with a stick | Paula spanked the child with her right hand | Paula swatted the fly with a dishcloth
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Locative Preposition] [Oblique]Paula spanked the naughty child on the back
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Locative Preposition] [Oblique] with [Instrument]Paula spanked the naught child on the back with a paddle
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient, genitive] [Oblique, body part]Paula spanked the naughty child's back

      Verbs of Contact by Impact (with the same syntax): bayonet, belt, biff, birch, bludgeon, bonk, brain, bump, cane, clobber, clout, club, conk, cosh, crack, crunch, cudgel, cuff, elbow, flagellate, flog, gash, knee, knife, paddle, slam, sock, spank, stab, strap, thrash, thump, truncheon, wallop, whip, whisk.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of pummel: biff / pommel
    • more generic word: hit = deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

Alternative definition of the verb pummel


  1. To hit or strike heavily and repeatedly.


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PUMMEL: PUMMEL! is a miniatures wargame rules system created by Polymancer Studios, publisher of Polymancer magazine and Polyglot. PUMMEL! was first published in 2006.

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Google previewThe English Review, Or, An Abstract of English and Foreign Literature (1784)

The pummel is the round ball fixed at the extremity of the hilt, by way of counterpoise : the more solid and heavy it is the better ; for if it is hollow, it will not act as a sufficient counterpoise. The grasp is generally made to swell gradually in the ...

Google previewA Sketch of the Customs and Society of Mexico (1828)

In a Series of Familiar Letters and a Journal of Travels in the Interior, During the Years 1824, 1825, 1826 by Edward B. Penny

The pummel is an elevated knob, sometimes ornamented with a lion's head in brass or silver ; the high back is bound with silver or gold. Some few are even studded with precious stones. The seat is a cushion covered with a case of skin or ...

Google previewGarner's Modern English Usage (2016)

by Bryan Garner

Pummel is the preferred spelling of the verb meaning “to hit with, or as ...

Google previewThe boy's holiday book (1865)

by sir Thomas Ekins Fuller

Let the point of the foil be directed towards the eye of your opponent, while the pummel is a little below the level of your own breast. Your right hand should then appear with the flat part of the finger-nails uppermost, while the left retains the ...

Google previewCairo (1898)

Sketches of Its History, Monuments, and Social Life by Stanley Lane-Poole

The pummel is the most curious thing about the saddle ; it rises sometimes nine inches or more above the seat and is covered with leather, while the rest of the saddle is padded with soft woollen stuff. The animals are very sure-footed, but if ...

Google previewVocabulary Dictionary and Workbook (2006)

2,856 Words You Must Know by Mark Phillips

pummel (PUM-әl) vb. To pummel someone is to beat him; to hit him repeatedly ( as with the fists). Finding himself in the middle of a suddenly crowded street, the purse snatcher became more afraid of being pushed and pummeled by an angry ...

Google previewThe Dimwit's Dictionary (2006)

More Than 5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them by Robert Hartwell Fiske, Joseph Epstein

assail; assault; attack; batter; beat; cudgel; flagellate; flog; hit; lambaste; lash; lick; mangle; pound; pummel; strike; thrash; trounce. 2. beat; conquer; crush; defeat; outdo; overcome; overpower; overwhelm; prevail; quell; rout; succeed; triumph ...

Google previewDictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English (1904)

Containing Words from the English Writers Previous to the Nineteenth Century which are No Longer in Use, Or are Not Used in the Same Sense. And Words which are Now Used Only in the Provincial Dialects

Pummel, v. To beat. Pummel-footed, adj. Club-footed. West. Pummel-tree, ». A whippletree for horses. Pummer, adj. Large. North. Pummy, adj.

Google previewDictionarium Anglo-Britannicum: or, a general English Dictionary, comprehending a brief ... explication of all sorts of difficult words, etc (1708)

by John Kersey

t 'pummel Philorophy, is that which pretends to selve all the Operations and Appearance' of Nature by the three Chymicfl Principlec. ' pummel ...

Google previewA General Dictionary of the English Language (1780)

by Thomas Sheridan

PUMMEL, pummel. s.

Google previewAn Etymological Dictionary of Modern English (2012)

by Ernest Weekley

Hence verb to pommel, pummel, orig. to beat about the head with pommel of sword or dagger. Pomona. Roman goddess of fruit, from pomum, apple. Hence Pomona green. pomp. F. pompe, L., G. 11-o)u.1r1f, solemn procession, lit. sending, ...

Google previewHeinemann English Dictionary (2001)

by Martin Manser

pummel (pum-'l) etrb ( pummels; imttttm-llini;, pummelled) to hit or.

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions (1891)

Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology by Richard Soule

Pummel, n. [Written also and preferably Pom- mtl.} Knob, protuberant part, ball. Pummel, v. a. [Written also and preferably Pommel.] Beat, strike, knock, hit, punch , whack, batter, belabor, bruise, thrash, flog, drub, bang, maul, thwack, thump, ...

Google previewThe Nelson Contemporary English Dictionary (1977)

by Una Cunningham

of more than one god polytheist n polythene (pol'itheenl n a transparent waterproof plastic used for packaging etc pomegranate (pomgranit, pom'igranitl n a tropical fruit with a thick rind and a pulpy mass of red fleshy seeds pommel, pummel ...

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The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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