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 pepperiness (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 From New Orleans, there's barbecue shrimp prepared head-on and served in a peppery butter sauce and gumbo. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Birmingham restaurant to transform into crab shack for limited time," 9 Jan. 2020 Pair with salty, fermented sauces and peppery vegetables: Whisk together 2 teaspoons miso paste, a teaspoon of soy sauce, a teaspoon of honey, 2 teaspoons of whole-grain mustard and 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil. J. Kenji López-alt, New York Times, "How to Cook and Freeze a Large Piece of Meat, and Eat for Weeks," 4 May 2020 Other pizzas: The Texas pepperoni ($10.95 for a 10-inch) has easy appeal for simpler tastes, with the peppery meat sliced to golf ball-size proportions. Chuck Blount,, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Ranch and jalapeño zip up a meatlovers pie to full-on great at Stout’s Pizza Co. restaurant," 20 Mar. 2020 Saturdays are still the best day to visit, when Ha VL rolls out its peppery pork ball soup and spicy bun bo Hue while Rose VL serves its bright orange mi quang noodles, turmeric-laced chicken curry and a subtly sweet pork-noodle dish called cao lau. oregonlive, "Portland’s 40 best inexpensive restaurants," 11 Mar. 2020 Most high-quality olive oils have a fruity or peppery taste with a hint of bitterness. Bon Appétit, "4 Things Registered Dietitians Look For In A Quality Olive Oil," 10 Oct. 2019 Lois is fresh and easygoing, deliciously spicy, herbal and peppery, a lovely harbinger of spring. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "15 Wines Under $15: Inexpensive Bottles for Stay-at-Home Drinking," 2 Apr. 2020 Young leaves taste nutty; aged leaves are still a little nutty but also peppery. oregonlive, "Need advice on irrigation systems for garden, yard? Ask an expert," 29 Feb. 2020 Life Farms, which has a six-acre farm in nearby Clearwater, offers standard and more exotic veggies, including Hakurei, a Japanese variety of turnip that’s nicely peppery and sweet. Paul Abercrombie, Washington Post, "St. Petersburg, Fla.," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of peppery

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Peppery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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