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1 the dressed hairy coat of a mammal [syn: fur]
2 body covering of a living animal [syn: hide, skin]


1 cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile; "They pelted each other with snowballs" [syn: bombard]
2 attack and bombard with or as if with missiles; "pelt the speaker with questions" [syn: pepper]
3 rain heavily; "Put on your rain coat-- it's pouring outside!" [syn: pour, stream, rain cats and dogs, rain buckets]

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Etymology 1

From pel (cognate with modern French peler) a skin, possible contraction of peltry "skins" generically.



  1. The skin of a beast with the hair on; a raw or undressed hide; a skin preserved with the hairy or woolly covering on it. See 4th Fell.
  2. The human skin.
  3. The body of any quarry killed by the hawk.
The skin of a beast with the hair on; a raw or undressed hide; a skin preserved with the hairy or woolly covering on it
The human skin
The body of any quarry killed by the hawk

Etymology 2

Possible contraction of pellet


  1. To bombard, as with missiles.
    They pelted the attacking army with bullets.
  2. To rain or hail heavily.
    It's pelting down out there!
  3. To throw out words.
  4. To beat or hit, especially repeatedly.
  5. To move rapidly, especially in or on a conveyance.
    The boy pelted down the hill on his toboggan.

Extensive Definition

Pelt may refer to:
  • Fur or pelage, the hair, fur or wool that covers an animal's skin, that has been stripped off the animal.
  • Pelt (band), a rock/drone band created by Jack Rose
  • a Dutch name, as in UN diplomat Adrian Pelt
pelt in Russian: Шкура

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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