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 Jack, the athletic director, said the pep rally before the championship game drew the most parents he's ever witnessed. Stephen Groves, chicagotribune.com, "Native American football enjoys a rebirth in South Dakota," 8 Nov. 2019 At a pep rally at Saguaro this season, Mohns said the three Cardinals players -- Kirk, Foster and Murphy -- were there, along with Dechesaro, and a Cardinals cheerleader who graduated from Saguaro. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Make that 4 former Saguaro football players a part of the Arizona Cardinals," 16 Oct. 2019 Officials say a local rapper punched a student in the face at a suburban Atlanta high school pep rally after throwing cash in the air and prompting a mad scramble. San Diego Union-Tribune, "School district: Rapper punched student during cash scramble," 8 Oct. 2019 The petition requested the dances be shown during the pep rally and possibly at halftime of the school's homecoming football game. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pep rally dances were banned at Hamilton High School in 2017. Students are trying to bring them back.," 3 Oct. 2019 My father was gracious, full of pep—in his element. Jessica Soffer, Vogue, "How My Artist Father—and A Bad Haircut—Led To A Personal Reinvention," 11 Sep. 2018 But things are from normal: mystery is afoot in the town of pep. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Releases New Season 3 Promo Trailer at 2018 Comic-Con," 23 July 2018 Could there be some body-jumping a la The Originals (crazier stuff has happened in the town of pep)? Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Here's Everything We Know About "Riverdale" Season 3 So Far!," 23 July 2018 The 20-year-old Konecny, recently elevated to the top line, had plenty of pep early. USA TODAY, "Ivan Provorov leads feisty Flyers to 6-4 win over Islanders," 4 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for pep

The first known use of pep was in 1908

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More Definitions for pep

pep

noun
How to pronounce pep (audio)

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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