from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of pelt.
  • adj. mean; paltry

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Mean; paltry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Assailing with or as with missiles; coming down hard: as, a pelting shower.
  • Angry; passionate.
  • Mean; paltry; contemptible.
  • n. A beating or belaboring with missiles, as with stones, snow-balls, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. anything happening rapidly or in quick successive


Perhaps from dialectal pelt, trash.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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