pep

noun
\ ˈpep How to pronounce pep (audio) \

Definition of pep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: brisk energy or initiative and high spirits

pep

verb
pepped; pepping

Definition of pep (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to inject pep into pep him up

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Examples of pep in a Sentence

Noun The young teacher was full of pep. the students always display considerably more pep during the weeks immediately prior to the holidays
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Smatterings of applause replaced the traditional overlap of 10,000 fans cheering as the pep band played. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Geno Auriemma, coaching in front of cardboard cutouts, can’t yet wrap his mind around the absurdity of 2020 college basketball settings," 16 Dec. 2020 Through Clark's time capsule, viewers can hear the cheers of the crowd, the sounds of the locker room, the music played by the pep band, and feel the hot West Texas sun beating down on the football players during drills. Donny Bajohr, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Ten Best Photography Books of 2020," 11 Dec. 2020 The right lipstick can add the extra pep in your step to get you through the day. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "The 17 Prettiest Nude Lipsticks for Dark Skin," 10 Dec. 2020 Cheerleaders and pep band members must wear facial coverings when not performing and must maintain 6-feet social distancing. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Ohio winter high school sports: It's not postponed; what COVID-19 restrictions to expect," 18 Nov. 2020 On Saturday night, during a drive-in pep rally in Delaware, the Biden campaign revealed the true winner on two giant video boards behind the stage. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Joe Biden Promises Empathy, but That’s a Difficult Way to Lead," 14 Nov. 2020 Zionsville, for example, is limiting crowds to four spectator tickets per athlete with no pep band or student cheer block and no concessions. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "High school basketball crowds to be limited to 25% capacity for counties in orange zone," 11 Nov. 2020 Zoom calls today and had a pep in our step that wasn’t there yesterday and for that ... Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: What the World Series title means to you," 30 Oct. 2020 The sounds of fall have gone silent — the pompom verve of the cheerleaders, the brassy pep of the band. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "In Texas Towns Gutted by Covid-19, a Fragile Effort to Sustain a Cherished Sport," 22 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then, in 2017, trade recovered strongly as China’s government sought to pep up domestic growth. The Economist, "America’s slowing economy could become an election issue," 10 Oct. 2019 Hardy fresh herbs, such as parsley and rosemary, can pep up any pantry meal, as can garlic and lemon juice or zest. Jessica Battliana, SFChronicle.com, "Countless recipes from your well-stocked pandemic pantry," 18 Mar. 2020 Innovation spreads faster in a unified market, pepping up productivity. The Economist, "A singular opportunity," 12 Sep. 2019 But otherwise the band continues to perform its mission of wowing audiences and pepping up crowds to cheer on the football team. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Corey Pompey, the new University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band director, takes the baton and replaces a legend," 18 Oct. 2019 More Stories The point of an official emcee, who introduces an awards show with a long, jokey monologue and then occasionally bursts in to pep things up throughout the night, was much debated earlier this year. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Emmys Missed the Point of Having No Host," 23 Sep. 2019 Central banks have failed to pep up inflation, which has hovered well below the 2% or so targeted by most ratesetters in the rich world. The Economist, "As yields turn negative, investors are having to pay for safety," 8 Aug. 2019 The claims haven’t changed in decades—lavender summons the sandman; peppermint peps you up—but modern manifestations are decidedly more luxe than those amber bottles at the health-food store. April Long, Marie Claire, "Aromatherapy Perfumes: Do They Really Work?," 20 Feb. 2019 Seventeen created the perfect study playlist that will pep you up without distracting you from your notes. Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "The Perfect Study Night Playlist!," 16 June 2012

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First Known Use of pep

Noun

1908, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pep

Noun

short for pepper

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Last Updated

24 Dec 2020

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“Pep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pep. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for pep

pep

noun
How to pronounce pep (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pep

somewhat old-fashioned : energy or enthusiasm

pep

noun
\ ˈpep How to pronounce pep (audio) \

Kids Definition of pep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: brisk energy or liveliness Being full of pep, he ran to school.

pep

verb
pepped; pepping

Kids Definition of pep (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make more lively or energetic Cool weather peps us up.

Medical Definition of PEP

phosphoenolpyruvate

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