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 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 Christina Gambino, a full-time RV-dweller who, at four feet and eleven inches tall, claimed to be one of the shortest competitors of the reality show American Ninja Warrior, kicked things off with a motivational pep-talk. Chris Moody, The New Republic, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Living Nowhere," 30 Mar. 2021 Before playing college basketball became the path, Tschetter's mom tried to sell him on the idea of being in a college basketball pep band. Chip Scoggins Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Top recruit Will Tschetter will get to basketball once his chores are done," 27 Feb. 2021 As Roman tentatively takes his place at the center of the crowd and lifts his soft voice, the evening becomes a participatory blend of pep rally and preaching, peppered with improvisational dance, song, chanting, taunting and prayers. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Jungle prison-set ‘Night of the Kings’ unleashes layers of legend, lore and the power of storytelling," 23 Feb. 2021 Before Filipovich's trip to semistate last season, Lutheran held a pep rally. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Six years ago, Lutheran didn't have a wrestling team. This week, it has a state finalist.," 18 Feb. 2021 Through thoughtful pep talks and vegan cooking tutorials, the North Carolina native delivers a daily dose of sunshine to our feeds. Brennan Long, Southern Living, "5 Reasons Southerners Should Join the Fun on TikTok," 24 Feb. 2021 Where Trump only seemed to offer shrugging, haphazard leadership, Cuomo made the point of turning his regular addresses into pep talks for those left isolated by the pandemic. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Andrew Cuomo Wishes He Were Ron DeSantis," 17 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Pep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pep. Accessed 17 Apr. 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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