pelting


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pelt·ing

 (pĕl′tĭng)
adj. Archaic
Paltry; petty: "This land ... / Is now leas'd out ... / Like to a tenement or pelting farm" (Shakespeare).

[Perhaps from dialectal pelt, trash.]

pelting

(ˈpɛltɪŋ)
adj
archaic paltry or meaningless
ˈpeltingly adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pelting - anything happening rapidly or in quick successivepelting - anything happening rapidly or in quick successive; "a rain of bullets"; "a pelting of insults"
chronological sequence, chronological succession, succession, successiveness, sequence - a following of one thing after another in time; "the doctor saw a sequence of patients"
References in classic literature ?
He said if Brooke wanted a pelting, he could get it cheaper than by going to the hustings.
The hours, whose minutes are marked by the crash of the breaking seas, slip by with the screaming, pelting squalls overtaking the ship as she runs on and on with darkened canvas, with streaming spars and dripping ropes.
The fight had become a game, and we took huge delight in pelting him.
But soon he was pelting home to his mother with the glorious news.
They went on until they were beneath the shelter of the thick jungle growth of trees, which kept off some of the pelting drops.
He was throwing stones at howling urchins from Devil's Row who were circling madly about the heap and pelting at him.
He turned his collar down from his ear and listened, but as before only the whistling of the wind could be heard, the flapping and fluttering of the kerchief tied to the shafts, and the pelting of the snow against the woodwork of the sledge.
He felt glad, turned down his coat-collar and listened with strained attention, but in spite of all his efforts nothing could be heard but the wind whistling between the shafts, the flapping of the kerchief, and the snow pelting against the frame of the sledge.
He's going to make a break for it," he added, as the stranger, throwing his linen coat over his head, suddenly started into an Indian trot through the pelting sunbeams toward them.
Sometimes he would notice it, pat it, call it half-mocking, half-jocular names, and so make it caper with extraordinary delight; sometimes he would ill-treat it, especially after he had been at the whiskey, kicking it, beating it, pelting it with stones or lighted fusees.
They accepted the pelting of the bul- lets with bowed and weary heads.
That damned pelting shower was vexatious enough--coming on when I was just in full swing: and then to come and find nobody in to tea