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

Despite the fact that Ashleigh plays a high schooler on television, her pep rally and cheerleading days are way behind her. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who is Ashleigh Murray? Everything to Know About Josie on "Riverdale"," 8 Feb. 2019 But what the statistic sheet can’t show is the other key factor in the Lions’ remarkable run: the contagious can-do pep of Owens, the team’s third baseman and No. 2 hitter. Phil Anastasia, Philly.com, "'Best captain' Jack Owens leads Cherry Hill West baseball team," 31 May 2018 The accelerator's hair trigger delivered more responsiveness for quicker pep off the line, and the ride felt much firmer — even choppy at times. Jennifer Geiger, USA TODAY, "Review: Audi's SQ5 blazes new SUV trails," 23 Feb. 2018 Buy Photo The colony of rare African penguins has happy feet, shiny feathers, and a lot more pep now that the $2 million upgrade to their home has been completed at Adventure Aquarium in Camden. Jan Hefler, Philly.com, "Endangered penguins splash it up in new digs at Camden's Adventure Aquarium," 16 May 2018 The pep band from Jackson's alma mater, Washington State, played the national anthem. Beth Harris, chicagotribune.com, "Whoa, Nellie: Keith Jackson remembered at Rose Bowl," 15 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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

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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