\ ˈpep How to pronounce pep (audio) \

Definition of pep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: brisk energy or initiative and high spirits


pepped; pepping

Definition of pep (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to inject pep into pep him up

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 Sometimes a pep band escorts them or a caddie carries their bat. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 In 2017, Marquette University hosted the women's Big East tournament at the Al McGuire Center and Greendale served as the Seton Hall pep band for two games. Alex Groth, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Mar. 2022 In a building where Baylor rarely loses, the Coyotes had a loud contingency of roughly 150 fans, cheerleaders and pep band members that got to celebrate with them. Stephen Hawkins, ajc, 21 Mar. 2022 Mayer, who finished 8-of-12 shooting with four 3s, directed a salute with his left hand toward the Spartans’ pep band after the dunk with the Bears up 43-27 at halftime. Stephen Hawkins, Chron, 17 Mar. 2022 Wisconsin’s pep band wore white No. 24 T-shirts throughout the game. Steve Megargee,, 20 Feb. 2022 The pep band, which usually numbers in single digits, was filled with drummers, saxophonists and tuba players adorned in baby blue Hawaiian shirts. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2022 With an organization that needs some work and with the work right in front of her, the pep in her step comes naturally. Joel Lorenzi, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Apr. 2022 Tiger Woods had a little pep in his step after another 330-plus yard drive on No. 9. USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This one from Versace is sure to pep up any outfit with its graphic Greek key motif in vivid red and blue. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 23 Nov. 2021 These are the kind of questions whose answers can pep up your dinner table/car ride conversations and, at the same time, lay the groundwork for launching your child on the path towards financial success. Chris Carosa, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 This beautiful and easy-to-grow plant will pep up your garden and your fermentation process. Karen Wytmans, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Mar. 2021 Then, in 2017, trade recovered strongly as China’s government sought to pep up domestic growth. The Economist, 10 Oct. 2019 Hardy fresh herbs, such as parsley and rosemary, can pep up any pantry meal, as can garlic and lemon juice or zest. Jessica Battliana,, 18 Mar. 2020 Innovation spreads faster in a unified market, pepping up productivity. The Economist, 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, 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, 23 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of pep


1908, in the meaning defined above


1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pep


short for pepper

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23 May 2022

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“Pep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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\ 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.


pepped; pepping

Kids Definition of pep (Entry 2 of 2)

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



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