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 But there was some reveals, pep bands, and surprising non-signs that highlighted the day. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Signing Day moments in Arizona high school football: The reveals, the surprises, the non-signs," 5 Feb. 2020 The UMass pep band can compete against any other, plus baton twirler Ally Littlefield, a student from Middleboro, has been performing. Joe Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "UMass men’s basketball has success that doesn’t show in the numbers," 3 Feb. 2020 These gatherings are quasi pep rallies, often with campaign officials or surrogates as guest speakers and some sort of instruction for organizers. Washington Post, "The debate watch parties of Democratic campaigns: A detailed comparison," 3 Feb. 2020 So do their pep bands — every night — not just for rivalry games. Mitch Stephens, SFChronicle.com, "Looking at the numbers for WCAL vs. EBAL basketball," 13 Jan. 2020 Alatasi said Sunday at a pep rally at the Arneson River Theatre. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "Trifecta of events will draw throngs of people to San Antonio’s downtown for New Year’s Eve," 30 Dec. 2019 The fair will begin with a brief ceremony including music from the C. Milton Wright pep band and a tribute to Civil War soldier Sgt. baltimoresun.com, "Harford Veterans Resource Fair is Saturday, Nov. 9 with ceremony to honor Sgt. Alfred B. Hilton," 6 Nov. 2019 The secret, Phelps said, is to make the music swing, which isn't the same as focusing on a funk rhythm or the shiny tones of a pep band. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Pork & Beans Brass Band sounds off for New Orleans style in Indiana," 17 Oct. 2019 The mighty Paradise pep band now numbers just 19 musicians, about half of its previous size. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Paradise football brings smiles and tears in first game since Camp fire," 25 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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10 Feb 2020

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“Pep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pep. Accessed 18 Feb. 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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