pep talk


: a usually brief, intense, and emotional talk designed to influence or encourage an audience

Example Sentences

The coach gave the team a pep talk before the game. She needs a pep talk.
Recent Examples on the Web But Farnoosh Torabi, the author, journalist, and personal finance expert, who gave me this pep talk, wasn’t speaking solely of the tangible things. Trey Williams, Fortune, 2 Oct. 2022 There's that great final scene in episode 7, where Disa essentially gives Durin a pep talk and stands with him. Devan Coggan,, 13 Oct. 2022 The pep talk, which drew about 50 students, was targeted toward a population with historically low levels of voter participation, including young and Latino voters. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2022 One of the creators, Groth, gives a brief pep talk, then someone plays a James Blake ballad. WIRED, 2 Sep. 2022 And then Leslie gives him pep talk in the middle of the game. Ineye Komonibo,, 19 June 2022 Williams walked out to collect himself, then returned to give a pep talk to his staff. Emma Balter, Chron, 26 Aug. 2022 Dozens of Alabama Republican Party officials including party chairman John Wahl were on hand to meet the bus and hear a pep talk from Ashley Hayek, former national coalitions director of the Trump 2020 campaign. al, 26 Sep. 2022 After a pep talk from his lover, Mysaria (Sonoya Mizuno), that evening, Daemon arrives the next day at Viserys’ tourney, where the king announces to his people that Queen Aemma is in the process of giving birth. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 21 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pep talk was in 1913

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Cite this Entry

“Pep talk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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