American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Archaic Paltry; petty: "This land . . . /Is now leas'd out . . . /Like to a tenement or pelting farm” ( Shakespeare).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A beating or belaboring with missiles, as with stones, snow-balls, etc.
- Assailing with or as with missiles; coming down hard: as, a pelting shower.
- Angry; passionate.
- Mean; paltry; contemptible.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Mean; paltry.
- n. anything happening rapidly or in quick successive
- Perhaps from dialectal pelt, trash. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The final two heats of the four-man were run with the temperature near 40 and rain pelting the track through a howling wind.”
“With the rain pelting down, Tennessee's Corey Larkins fumbled the ensuing kickoff away to Florida, but Grossman threw an interception.”
“Duncan pulled shut the cover of the companion scuttle, and held on, waiting, the first drops of rain pelting his face, while the Samoset leaped violently ahead, at the same time heeling first to starboard then to port as the gusty pressures caught her winged-out sails.”
“The fight had become a game, and we took huge delight in pelting him.”
“She recalls pelting him with a bottle the first time she met him”
“As if "pelting" a car whatever that is warrants a personal assault.”
“The New York Mirror called on audiences to give blackface performers “all the success they deserve—which is a sound and glorious pelting from the stage.””
“The heckling and pelting increased as more and more of the taverngoers arrived.”
“Suddenly, a vicious wind whipped around the room, flinging my hair in front of my face, pelting my blood-soaked cheeks with dirt, stinging my eyes.”
“We glided along roads that were deserted, not because the police had closed them off but because it was pelting with rain and nobody was going to Brighton for the day.”
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