1 of 4


: a natural soil aggregate


2 of 4

combining form

variants or pedo- or paed- or paedo-
: child
: childhood


3 of 4

abbreviation or noun

plural PEDs
: performance-enhancing drug
PEDs can turn a marginal player into a major leaguer, and transform a marginal major leaguer into an All-Star.Dave DeLand
… has never tested positive for using PEDs, but is under investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency …Andre Williams


4 of 4

noun combining form

variants or -pede
: foot

Examples of ped in a Sentence

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Abbreviation or noun
Earlier that year, wide receiver Victor Bolden drew a four-game, PED suspension. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 2 July 2024 Ramirez failed three drug tests in an almost-cocky disregard for the rules, while Rodriguez’s lengthy PED scandal and subsequent attempts to cover it up were determined by MLB to be detrimental to the sport. Jason Mastrodonato, The Mercury News, 4 Jan. 2024 Sports Alex Rodriguez ratted out Manny Ramirez, Ryan Braun to feds in PED probe, report says Sept. 13, 2023 The two players whose on-field accomplishments rival or exceed Beltré’s can’t say the same regarding steroids use. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2023 While that admission will come as no surprise to anyone — Rodriguez has previously admitted to and been suspended for PED use earlier in his career — Fish lays out a multitude of eye-popping details from the federal documents of what went on during A-Rod’s Biogenesis days. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 While Bonds has steadfastly denied using PED, the questions have kept him out of the Hall despite his record-setting resume. Brian Lowry, CNN, 15 Aug. 2023 That offseason, he was designated for assignment before receiving an 80-game suspension for a positive PED test. Greg McKenna,, 14 Aug. 2023 In some studies, the familiar abbreviation of PED has been replaced by APED. Jeff Miller, Dallas News, 13 July 2023 In the end, neither Hopkins nor the Cardinals could find a willing trade partner to take on his salary, and part of that may have been impacted by his PED offense and lack of availability the past two years. Bob McManaman, The Arizona Republic, 26 May 2023

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Word History



Greek pedon ground; akin to Latin ped-, pes foot — more at foot

Combining form

Greek paid-, paido-, from paid-, pais child, boy — more at few

Noun combining form

Latin ped-, pes

First Known Use


1951, in the meaning defined above

Abbreviation Or Noun

2001, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ped was in 1951

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“Ped.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


abbreviation or noun
: a performance enhancing drug : a substance (such as an anabolic steroid or human growth hormone) that is used illicitly especially to improve athletic performance

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