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 His alter-ego, Einstein, keeps showing up to share science facts, tell the audience bits of Hank’s backstory and encourage Hank with some spirited pep talks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: North Coast Rep’s ‘Einstein Comes Through’ a mystery that leaves questions," 30 Apr. 2021 Gee's mother was good at pep talks, reminding him to double-check his homework, put lotion on his hands. Star Tribune, "Excerpt from Naima Coster's novel 'What's Mine and Yours'," 26 Mar. 2021 Some music events were canceled due to the pandemic but Stewart said some students had the opportunity to play in the marching or pep band. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll County educators ‘fearful’ students will not continue music after pandemic," 5 Apr. 2021 Mosby delivered one of his customary pep talks Monday as the council embarked on a discussion of its agenda for the week. Emily Opilo, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore City Council grapples with Mosby investigation while trying to form allegiances, carry out city business," 29 Mar. 2021 The game will also feature iconic moments from RuPaul's Drag Race, RuMail deliveries, and pep talks from Mama Ru herself. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "You can soon sashay the RuPaul's Drag Race runway in a new video game," 17 Mar. 2021 Sister Jean gave the Ramblers pep talks and scouting reports, and would email coach Porter Moser with her thoughts on how Loyola played or their upcoming opponents. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Sister Jean, Loyola-Chicago's 101-year-old chaplain, cleared to go to NCAA men's tournament," 16 Mar. 2021 Much of what essentially became a pep rally – media were not allowed to ask questions – was about moving on from the Beard era, and how Tech will be just fine. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "‘We ain’t done yet’: Texas Tech coach Mark Adams was complimentary of the exiting Chris Beard, even when the crowd wasn’t," 6 Apr. 2021 That’s plenty of time to organize one bear of a ring ceremony and pep rally. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, "A by-the-numbers celebration of Arizona women's basketball, the biggest story in the state," 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "How Parents Can Use Storytelling To Raise Financially Literate Children," 19 Apr. 2021 This beautiful and easy-to-grow plant will pep up your garden and your fermentation process. Karen Wytmans, Better Homes & Gardens, "How Herb Gardening Can Save Home Cooks a Ton of Money," 25 Mar. 2021 Then, in 2017, trade recovered strongly as China’s government sought to pep up domestic growth. The Economist, "America’s slowing economy could become an election issue," 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, 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

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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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11 May 2021

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“Pep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pep. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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