- 1[transitive] pelt somebody (with something) to attack somebody by throwing things at them The children pelted him with snowballs. We were pelted with rotten tomatoes.
- 2[intransitive] pelt (down) (of rain) to fall very heavily By now the rain was pelting down. I drove home with the rain pelting through the window. Raindrops the size of golf balls were pelting down on her.
- 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. (informal) to run somewhere very fast synonym dash We pelted down the hill after the car. Word Originverb late 15th cent.: of unknown origin.
BrE BrE//pelt//; NAmE NAmE//pelt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pelt
BrE BrE//pelt//; NAmE NAmE//pelt//he / she / it pelts
BrE BrE//pelts//; NAmE NAmE//pelts//past simple pelted
BrE BrE//ˈpeltɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeltɪd//past participle pelted
BrE BrE//ˈpeltɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeltɪd//-ing form pelting
BrE BrE//ˈpeltɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeltɪŋ//