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

[Perhaps from dialectal pelt, trash.]


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 ?
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'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.
Perceiving a flock of beach-birds that fed and fluttered along the shore, the naughty child picked up her apron full of pebbles, and, creeping from rock to rock after these small sea-fowl, displayed remarkable dexterity in pelting them.
The pelting sing-song of it carried me forward to scenes and sounds of my boyhood days:
There was a pause and a silence--except the noise of the wind and the pelting snow.
Over in the vacant lots was Jasper, young, coal black, and of magnificent build, sitting on a wheelbarrow in the pelting sun--at work, supposably, whereas he was in fact only preparing for it by taking an hour's rest before beginning.
No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty.
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.
All these came pelting down, like a shower of many- colored hailstones, upon the heads of grown people and children, who forthwith gathered them up, and carried them back to the palace.
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.
They listened for a moment, but only heard the rain pelting against the windows and the wind howling among the trees.