pep·​pery | \ˈpe-p(ə-)rē \

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 \ 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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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 For Drizzling Frantoi Cutrera Primo virgin olive oil $29, Amazon Buy Now If cooking olive oils are mellow and clean, drizzling oils are more peppery, bitter, and intense: more flavor-givers than flavor-enhancers. Brette Warshaw, GQ, "The Best Olive Oils for Any Kitchen," 26 Apr. 2018 Crawfish are well seasoned, not too peppery, and clean. Melinda Morris,, "10 best places for boiled crawfish in East Jefferson: readers' choice for 2018," 23 Apr. 2018 The whole little pie is generously topped with lettuce, sour cream and a pleasantly peppery salsa. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage, rejoice: food truck season has arrived," 6 Apr. 2018 But Cooper’s sausage proved indestructible in its tight casing, a peppery blend of beef and pork that was good in both its original form and spiked with jalapeño and cheese ($11.49 a pound). Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que," 13 July 2018 Rootdown 2017 Sangiovese, Jane’s Vineyard (Mendocino; $34): Fresh meets savory in a Sangiovese packed with mouth-puckering cherry, black tea, and peppery spice. Maggie Hoffman, Sunset, "8 Chilled Red Wines Perfect for Summer Sipping," 22 Jan. 2018

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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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