pep

noun
\ ˈpep How to pronounce pep (audio) \

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 angry pep rally came a few hours after Mr. Trump served up a similar outburst at the National Prayer Breakfast. Mark Leibovich, New York Times, "‘We’ve Been Through Hell,’ the President Says, Victorious," 6 Feb. 2020 But there was a general excitement at the Lake Shore pep rally. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers fans out of hibernation, but how long will they stay awake?," 25 Jan. 2020 The suit filed in November alleges that school staff often have incorporated official prayer into school assemblies, graduation ceremonies and athletic events, including pep rallies. Katie Reilly, Time, "Donald Trump Is Promising ‘Big Action’ on School Prayer to Rally Evangelical Voters," 17 Jan. 2020 Indiana’s pep rally will be 5 p.m. and Tennessee’s at 7 p.m. Garry Smits, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana, Tennessee fans help push 2020 Gator Bowl ticket sales past 55,000," 27 Dec. 2019 It was safely stashed at the American Trust Company in downtown Berkeley, displayed only at pep rallies and then returned to its vault by armored car. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Cal vs. Stanford: The Big Game often comes with a little tomfoolery," 22 Nov. 2019 Even though Judson was set to play at New Braunfels later that night, this isn’t a pep rally. San Antonio Express-News, "Becoming Bryce Strong," 31 Oct. 2019 At Friday’s ceremony, Grand Bay Middle School students gathered in the gym for a pep rally for the softball and baseball teams, the members of which were introduced before Henley took the microphone. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Grand Bay celebrates World Series champion Bobby Henley," 7 Feb. 2020 Kevin Stefanski’s introductory press conference shunned the usual pep-talk elements of press conferences past. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Browns’ new head coach Kevin Stefanski chose message of alignment over bravado in his introductory press conference," 14 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hardy fresh herbs, such as parsley and rosemary, can pep up any pantry meal, as can garlic and lemon juice or zest. Jessica Battliana, SFChronicle.com, "Countless recipes from your well-stocked pandemic pantry," 18 Mar. 2020 Innovation spreads faster in a unified market, pepping up productivity. The Economist, "A singular opportunity," 12 Sep. 2019 But otherwise the band continues to perform its mission of wowing audiences and pepping up crowds to cheer on the football team. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Corey Pompey, the new University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band director, takes the baton and replaces a legend," 18 Oct. 2019 More Stories The point of an official emcee, who introduces an awards show with a long, jokey monologue and then occasionally bursts in to pep things up throughout the night, was much debated earlier this year. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Emmys Missed the Point of Having No Host," 23 Sep. 2019 Central banks have failed to pep up inflation, which has hovered well below the 2% or so targeted by most ratesetters in the rich world. The Economist, "As yields turn negative, investors are having to pay for safety," 8 Aug. 2019 The claims haven’t changed in decades—lavender summons the sandman; peppermint peps you up—but modern manifestations are decidedly more luxe than those amber bottles at the health-food store. April Long, Marie Claire, "Aromatherapy Perfumes: Do They Really Work?," 20 Feb. 2019 Seventeen created the perfect study playlist that will pep you up without distracting you from your notes. Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "The Perfect Study Night Playlist!," 16 June 2012 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

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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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Last Updated

23 Mar 2020

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“Pep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pep. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for pep

pep

noun
How to pronounce pep (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pep

somewhat old-fashioned : energy or enthusiasm

pep

noun
\ ˈpep How to pronounce pep (audio) \

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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