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

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 But where my fancy oil asserted itself with intense olive-ness and a peppery burn in the back of my throat, the kalamata oil was mild. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 29 July 2022 On my sweaty skin, the fragrance was very subtle and occupied a cozy space between clean and peppery. Jacqueline Kilikita,, 26 July 2022 The nose of the Fetească Neagră (my favorite of the three) is peppery and sweet, with a tannic dryness, ripe berries and some honey on the palate. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 17 July 2022 Nasturtium flowers and leaves are peppery and contain vitamins, including vitamin C. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 8 July 2022 Plant these annuals throughout the garden, then use the fresh leaves and flowers to add a peppery kick to salads. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 14 June 2022 The rice is fluffy and still has character, acting like tiny sponges soaking up the peppery gravy. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 July 2022 Ivana, by contrast, always displayed a peppery energy and a genuine relish for her role as a Trump. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, 20 July 2022 This sweet, peppery sauce derives its complex flavor from Fresno pepper, Thai chiles, habanero pepper, mango, and pineapple with a heat that is present without causing my mouth to schvitz. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 8 July 2022 See More

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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 17 Aug. 2022.

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