pep·​pery | \ ˈpe-p(ə-)rē How to pronounce peppery (audio) \

Definition of peppery

1 : of, relating to, or having the qualities of pepper : hot, pungent a peppery taste
2 : having a hot temper : touchy a peppery boss
3 : fiery, stinging a peppery satire

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Other Words from peppery

pepperiness \ ˈpe-​p(ə-​)rē-​nəs How to pronounce peppery (audio) \ noun

Examples of peppery in a Sentence

She's a peppery, outspoken woman. the author of several peppery diatribes on religious intolerance
Recent Examples on the Web The itty-bitty plants, eaten raw, can pack a powerful flavor punch as some varieties, such as arugula, cress, mustard, and radish, are quite peppery or sharp., 1 June 2021 The result is a fruit forward Tequila that offers up a range of flavors from pear to banana culminating in a sweet, slightly peppery finish. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Other flavors include habanero, which has just the right amount of heat, and turmeric, which is earthy with peppery mustard notes. Rachel Gurjar, Bon Appétit, 20 Apr. 2021 In December, they were served with a bright chimichurri; now, a peppery Nigerian red sauce. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2021 Nasturtium is an edible plant with beautiful orange, yellow and red flowers and delicate leaves that add a peppery flavor to salads, pizza or pestos. Katy Severson,, 14 Apr. 2021 Her affection for peppery pasta began in childhood, in Argentina. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2021 Nettles are earthy, peppery-tasting greens found in wooded areas. Ashley Rodriguez, Woman's Day, 7 Apr. 2021 Her Dickinson is witty, occasionally peppery and more than a little bit sly. Terry Teachout, WSJ, 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of peppery

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of peppery was in 1610

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12 Jun 2021

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“Peppery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of peppery

: containing pepper or having the qualities of pepper
: having a lively, aggressive, or somewhat shocking quality

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