pelt +‎ -er



pelter (plural pelters)

  1. One who pelts.
    • 1915, H. G. Wells, The Research Magnificent
      Sketching is always a peltable or mobable offence, as being contrary to the Koran, and sitting down tempts the pelter.
    • 2008, Outlook (volume 48, number 35, page 20)
      Young stone-pelters took to the streets and faced armed police who fired straight at them, killing several.
  2. (sometimes figurative) A pelting; a shower of missiles, rain, anger, etc.
  3. (dated) A pinchpenny; a mean, sordid person; a miser; a skinflint.


pelter (third-person singular simple present pelters, present participle peltering, simple past and past participle peltered)

  1. (dialect or nonstandard) To pelt.
    • 1862, C. Clough Robinson, The Dialect of Leeds and Its Neighbourhood (page 383)
      A person is "peltered" when he is subjected to a shower of stones, a shower of hail-stones, or a shower of anything. "Naay, gi'e ower peltering — one at a time! that's enew."
    • 1923, Petr Nikolaevich Krasnov, From the Two-headed Eagle to the Red Flag, 1894-1921 (page 96)
      Suddenly Iliin's machine-gun started rattling, peltering the columns, and a second machine-gun followed suit, whilst the Cossacks opened a continuous fire from all sides, seconded by the third, fith and second squadrons.
    • c. 1933, Erskine Caldwell, Country Full of Swedes
      Chips as big as dinner plates were flying across the lawn and peltering the house like a gang of boys stoning telephone insulators.