adjective Etymology: probably from English dialect pelt piece of trash Date: 1540 archaic paltry, insignificant

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Pelting — Pel ting, a. Mean; paltry. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pelting — [pel′tiŋ] adj. [prob. < obs. pelt, to haggle, akin ? to PALTRY] Archaic mean; miserly; paltry …   English World dictionary

  • Pelting — Pelt Pelt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pelted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pelting}.] [OE. pelten, pulten, pilten, to thrust, throw, strike; cf. L. pultare, equiv. to pulsare (v. freq. fr. pellere to drive), and E. pulse a beating.] 1. To strike with something… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pelting — adj. Pelting is used with these nouns: ↑rain …   Collocations dictionary

  • pelting — Everyday English Slang in Ireland v throwing objects or pelting with rain …   English dialects glossary

  • pelting — noun anything happening rapidly or in quick successive (Freq. 1) a rain of bullets a pelting of insults • Syn: ↑rain • Derivationally related forms: ↑pelt • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • pelting — peltingly, adv. /pel ting/, adj. Archaic. paltry; petty; mean. [1530 40; perh. dial. pelt rags, rubbish (akin to Dan pjalt rag) + ING2. See PALTRY] * * * …   Universalium

  • pelting — pelt n. fur; animal hide v. throw, cast, project …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pelting — n. Beating, battering …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • pelting — pelt·ing …   English syllables

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