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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Made from single varieties of sugarcane like the giant red Mahai’ula and the thin, delicate yellow-green Lahi, this rum opens with a pungent whiff of truffle, then reveals sweeter licorice and peppery notes. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "‘Grass-to-Glass’ Rums: What You Need to Know," 3 Aug. 2018 Fresh garden herbs like mint, oregano, and tarragon make everything taste even more fragrant and fresh, a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of deliciously peppery extra virgin olive oil from my husband’s estate in Sicily is all that is needed. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "How to Throw an End of Summer Garden Party, From London’s Favorite Eat-In Flower Shop," 3 Aug. 2018 Hold your hands about eight inches above the fish when seasoning for more even distribution, thus avoiding salty or peppery patches. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Salmon With Creamy Lemon Rice," 14 Mar. 2012 Attrape-Rêves, Louis Vuitton’s latest perfume, strings together disparate threads—African cocoa flower, Turkish rose absolute, peppery ginger—for an intriguing composition. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Best New Perfumes Capture the Zeitgeist, From #MeToo to Wellness Mania," 25 Aug. 2018 With its combination of peppery bacon; tomato jam, the Rich Man’s ketchup; and cheddar, the Old Reliable of cheeses, the Ginsburg’s flavor profile is deeply comforting. Megan Burbank, The Seattle Times, "I biked 14 miles for a breakfast sandwich named after Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It was worth it.," 30 July 2018 Purslane’s herbaceous flavor is peppery, with notes of lemon and cucumber. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Purslane may be growing in your lawn; for better health, put it in your diet," 10 July 2018 Sarah Gish The pastrami, which was recommended to me by general manager Nick Wysong, is peppery, smoky, paper-thin and piled high. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Pastrami time: 5 things to know about Broadway Deli's ‘mostly Jewish’ specialties," 8 June 2018 This intensely flavorful chicken is smoky, slightly spicy, sweet and peppery, and is covered in a sauce made with melty onions and olives. Chicago Tribune,, "Sandwiches, soups, salads and more: 20 ideas for what to eat for lunch," 17 May 2018

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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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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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