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

In her music video, Ciara hosts the world’s coolest pep rally, leading a dance team in a high school gym in front of a marching band. Vogue, "Watch Ciara Break Down 5 Iconic Dance Moves to Her New Single, “Dose”," 29 Oct. 2018 The code-red drills increased, and students were too scared to attend their own pep rallies. Kesha, Teen Vogue, "Kesha on Common Sense Gun Laws and Partnering With March for Our Lives to End Gun Violence," 12 Oct. 2018 There were no cheerleaders, pep rallies or marching bands. Michael Democker, NOLA.com, "Confessions of a recovering wrestling parent," 16 Feb. 2018 The Dawgs had more pep in their step in Chicago, a home away from home. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "3 reasons Butler basketball beat DePaul, 79-67," 20 Jan. 2018 This model also has a little extra pep in its step. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Mad Scientists Build Ludicrous 250-Pound DIY Railgun," 9 Nov. 2015 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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The first known use of pep was in 1908

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More Definitions for pep

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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