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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 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 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 previewCairo, Sketches of Its History, Monuments, and Social Life (1893)

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 previewGarner's Modern English Usage (2016)

by Bryan Garner

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

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 previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology (1891)

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 previewDictionary of Phrase and Fable (1900)

Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

To get a man's head into chancery is to get it under vour arm, where you can pummel it as long as you like," and ho cannot get it free without great difficulty. The allusion is to the long and exhausting nature of a Chancery suit. If a man once ...

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 previewHeinemann English Dictionary (2001)

by Martin Manser

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

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Scrabble value of P3U1M3M3E1L1

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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