Definitions

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  • n. A pinchpenny; a mean, sordid person; a miser; a skinflint.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who pelts.
  • n. A pinchpenny; a mean, sordid person; a miser; a skinflint.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which pelts.
  • n. A shower of missiles; a storm, as of falling rain, hailstones, etc.
  • n. A passion; a fit of anger.
  • n. A dealer in skins or hides; a skinner.
  • n. A mean, sordid person; a pinchpenny.
  • n. A fool.
  • n. In poker, a hand which has no card higher than a nine and no chance for a flush or straight: sometimes called Chicago pelter. Also, kilter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a heavy rain
  • n. a thrower of missiles

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Examples

  • Mary Jane and I have been wet through once already to-day; we set off in the donkey-carriage for Farringdon, as I wanted to see the improvements Mr. Woolls is making, but we were obliged to turn back before we got there, but not soon enough to avoid a pelter all the way home.

    Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters A Family Record

  • Colonel Boone had but to hear him out and bare his shoulders for such other blows which Judge Wright sought to pelter him, and we will hear with what blow he was driven from his post as Indian Agent.

    The Second William Penn A true account of incidents that happened along the old Santa Fe Trail

  • A tremendous storm brewing to windward, cut short our intended drive; and, putting the nags to their best pace, we barely succeeded in obtaining shelter ere it burst upon us; and such a pelter as it came down, who ever saw?

    Lands of the Slave and the Free Cuba, the United States, and Canada

  • Long-faced, lantern-jawed old pelter, with a face like a coffin – they're the kind you have to look out for; they'd go through you like an electric shock!

    The Second Chance

  • Long-faced, lantern-jawed old pelter, with a face like a coffin -- they're the kind you have to look out for; they'd go through you like an electric shock!

    The Second Chance

  • This is the world of the bully and the brigand and assassin, the world of the mud-pelter and brawler, the world of the bent woman, the world of the flea and the fly, the open drain and the baying dog.

    The Research Magnificent

  • Sketching is always a peltable or mobable offence, as being contrary to the Koran, and sitting down tempts the pelter.

    The Research Magnificent

  • "Do not pelter with me, sirrah! but tell me what this imports."

    Rob of the bowl : a legend of St. Inigoe's,

  • Rome would be the gainer by it if her very constables were elected to serve a century; for in our experience we have never even been able to choose a dog-pelter without celebrating the event with a dozen knockdowns and a general cramming of the station-house with drunken vagabonds overnight.

    Sketches New and Old

  • I always used to think, somehow, nobody ever seemed to be able to get into a pelter with Jim, not even father, and that was a thing as some people couldn't be got to believe.

    Robbery under Arms; a story of life and adventure in the bush and in the Australian goldfields

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  • Colonel Boone was a pelter himself, the evidence for which he wore on his own head!

    December 30, 2010

  • "2. A shower of missiles; a storm, as of falling rain, hailstones, etc."

    --Century Dictionary

    September 9, 2010