From Middle English pomel, from Middle French, presumedly via Vulgar Latin pomellum (“ball, knob”), the diminutive of Late Latin pomum (“apple”)
pommel (plural pommels)
- The upper front brow of a saddle.
- Either of the rounded handles on a pommel horse.
- The knob on the hilt of an edged weapon such as a sword.
pommel (third-person singular simple present pommels, present participle pommelling or pommeling, simple past and past participle pommelled or pommeled)
- (transitive) To pound or beat.
- 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 37
- I will not say as schoolboys do to bullies—Take some one of your own size; don’t pommel me! No, ye’ve knocked me down, and I am up again; but ye have run and hidden.