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

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Ginger and Turmeric Vividly colored, purple, gold and orange baby summer carrots are delicious flavored with peppery cardamom and the warm flavors of ginger and fresh turmeric. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Quick pickling gives fresh veggies and fruit a tangy crunch in a day or less," 16 July 2019 But the focus is strongly on seafood, with a zesty, peppery kung-pao snapper and very light crab cakes among the offerings. Marc Bona,, "Blu, the Restaurant to open in former Moxie space (photos, video)," 4 July 2019 Upgrade your typical deli sandwich by piling cold cuts — plus peppery watercress and a flavorful horseradish mayo spread — onto a wrap. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Beef and Horseradish Wraps," 2 July 2019 Brewed from sorghum, this rustic farmhouse ale has notes of orange peel and peppery yeast. Brierley Horton,, "8 Best Gluten-Free Beers You'll Want to Stock Up On," 27 June 2019 The creamy, peppery condiment is the most popular dressing in the United States, used on fries, pizza and chicken wings. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Kraft thinks kids will eat salad if parents call ranch dressing 'frosting.' Probably not," 12 June 2019 The flavor of the meats, often smoked, are elevated by sweet, savory and peppery sauces, which can be purchased on the company’s website., "In Oakland’s Laurel District, barbecue’s past collides with its present," 2 July 2019 Where to eat Bundu Khan is a Pakistani kebab house with a commendable menu of hard-to-find dishes, such as paya, a cozy braise of cow or goat feet with a silky, peppery sauce. Max Falkowitz, New York Times, "A Day at Queens Farm (and the Restaurants You Should Dig Into Afterward)," 5 June 2019 Might as well throw in a baked potato for top honors at B&B, an Idaho spud the size of a Nerf football, stuffed with fatty chopped beef in a tangy, peppery barbecue sauce loaded with cheese, bacon and sour cream for a starch-and-protein Hail Mary. Mike Sutter,, "Review: B&B Smokehouse sets a solid barbecue table on San Antonio’s South Side," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of peppery

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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