pep

noun
\ˈpep \

Definition of pep 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: brisk energy or initiative and high spirits

pep

verb
pepped; pepping

Definition of pep (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to inject pep into pep him up

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Examples of pep in a Sentence

Noun

The young teacher was full of pep. the students always display considerably more pep during the weeks immediately prior to the holidays

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Koreatown site was publicly announced at a May news conference attended by Wesson and Mayor Eric Garcetti, an event that functioned more like a pep rally for the plan to put up temporary shelters across the city. Victoria Kim, latimes.com, "L.A. councilman to look at alternative site for Koreatown shelter," 28 June 2018 If a pilot upgrade program that starts this month goes well, Chinooks will continue to be made and updated in Delco through at least the 2050s, company and Army officials said at a pep rally and luncheon at the Boeing facility Thursday. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "Boeing upgrades Chinooks at Delco plant in 100-year program," 27 June 2018 Friedel made another move in the 56th minute, trying to sprinkle some offensive pep into his lineup by yanking defensive-minded midfielder Scott Caldwell in favor of forward Juan Agudelo and moving Kelyn Rowe to the middle. Owen Pence, BostonGlobe.com, "Revolution, Sounders end in scoreless draw," 8 July 2018 The pep-rally-style event, dubbed Rise Above, lasted more than an hour and featured a brief speech from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, a performance of a hip-hop song dedicated to the team and updates from players about their post-college careers. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Fans flock to offer support to 2013 Louisville men's basketball champs," 29 June 2018 Milk seemed to take advantage of the pep rally vibe, letting Briggs state his conservative talking points, then guiding him to expose his most radical views. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "Harvey Milk’s last fight: Found photos from landmark debate over gay teachers," 29 June 2018 Instead of rushing to the post-victory pep rally, as everybody else had done, Carter stayed behind for a bit to pick up the trash his teammates had left behind, collecting cups and Chick-fil-A sandwich wrappers. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Wendell Carter Jr. works out for Orlando Magic," 15 June 2018 Twain rallied with the pep of a cheerleader and the sparkle of a diva. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Shania Twain brings her country-pop dazzle to Houston," 10 June 2018 The school district will actively search for a replacement for Kalb, who worked as an AP government and economics teacher and pep club advisor before adding athletic director to her growing list of titles. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "New administrators named at PCY, La Cañada High School as part of larger district reorganization," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

China pepped up its economy with faster credit growth and other fillips to spending. The Economist, "Crude thinkingWhy the oil price is so high," 18 Jan. 2018 Surrounded by the stars in Key West, Mama pepped right up and was soon wearing high-heeled sandals and a pink hibiscus flower in her hair. Lee Smith, Southern Living, "WATCH: Memories of My Summer of 1958 in Paradise," 19 June 2018 Spring was accompanied by spritely steps that turned languid in the summer and the piece pepped up once more as fall rounded the corner. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Ballet Enthusiasts of All Ages Attend the NYCB’s Spring Gala," 4 May 2018 The late bids are promising to pep up an otherwise quiet race, and both Barragán and her rivals are plotting for the June 5 primary. Javier Panzar, latimes.com, "A conservative actress and a celebrity mayor heat up a South Los Angeles congressional race," 7 Mar. 2018 In addition to nudging call agents to pep up their tone, or respond to distress in a caller’s voice, Cogito’s software listens to the pace and pattern of calls. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "This Call May Be Monitored for Tone and Emotion," 19 Mar. 2018 Reid Rosenthal, the Center City Realtor and erstwhile Bachelorette reality star, saw a friend dropping an ice cube made of cucumbers into a glass of water to pep up the taste. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Instant cocktails, from your home freezer," 18 Sep. 2017 Bitters are a simple combination of high-proof, neutral grain alcohol infused with bittering roots or herbs, and can be pepped up with aromatic and flavored plants or spices. Meghan Nesmith, Bon Appetit, "Want a Better Cocktail? Find a Botanist," 16 May 2017 His breakout role in Swingers prompted Spielberg to hire him to pep up his Jurassic Park sequel, The Lost World. Matt Patches, Esquire, "Vince Vaughn's Big True Detective Monologue Explains His Entire Career," 29 June 2015

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First Known Use of pep

Noun

1908, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pep

Noun

short for pepper

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pep

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pep

: energy or enthusiasm

pep

noun
\ˈpep \

Kids Definition of pep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: brisk energy or liveliness Being full of pep, he ran to school.

pep

verb
pepped; pepping

Kids Definition of pep (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make more lively or energetic Cool weather peps us up.

Medical Definition of PEP 

phosphoenolpyruvate

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