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

Several principals said the national anthem is often played at football games, pep rallies and other events, while the state song is played less often. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage School Board considers requiring national anthem and Alaska state song once a month in every school," 17 Sep. 2019 Atascocita and Kingwood students visited Texas Children Hospital on Thursday for a pep rally and to spend time with the children dealing with pediatric cancer. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Atascocita routs Kingwood in district opener," 16 Sep. 2019 Each kickoff is a pep rally for the various school’s teachers and staff. Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, "Long Reach High staff dance their way into the new school year with kickoff event," 26 Aug. 2019 The former Miami star threw down on stage at a pep rally in downtown Orlando on Friday night. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "No. 8 Florida Edges Miami, but Buzz Surrounding Top-10 Ranking Dissipates," 24 Aug. 2019 To celebrate the launch of the initiative, about 500 students and community members from across the state will gather on Saturday for a pep rally at FirstEnergy Stadium ahead of the 2019 Orange & Brown Scrimmage. Robin Goist, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns Foundation launches statewide initiative to improve school attendance," 2 Aug. 2019 The viral videos of him front-flipping over a fence or dunking over three people at a high school pep rally. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Donovan Peoples-Jones chasing dream at Michigan that isn't just football," 29 Aug. 2019 Rachel and Kornelius Bascombe’s love story began at their college pep rally. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Bridal Bliss: Kornelius and Rachel Came Ready Carpet Ready To Their Elegant Ceremony," 21 Aug. 2019 Episode 7 - Last Dance Pinnacle has a homecoming pep rally leading into a game against Sandra Day O'Connor. Dana Scott, azcentral, "How did Netflix portray Spencer Rattler on 'QB1: Beyond the Lights'?," 17 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 China pepped up its economy with faster credit growth and other fillips to spending. The Economist, "Crude thinkingWhy the oil price is so high," 18 Jan. 2018 Surrounded by the stars in Key West, Mama pepped right up and was soon wearing high-heeled sandals and a pink hibiscus flower in her hair. Lee Smith, Southern Living, "WATCH: Memories of My Summer of 1958 in Paradise," 19 June 2018 Spring was accompanied by spritely steps that turned languid in the summer and the piece pepped up once more as fall rounded the corner. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Ballet Enthusiasts of All Ages Attend the NYCB’s Spring Gala," 4 May 2018 The late bids are promising to pep up an otherwise quiet race, and both Barragán and her rivals are plotting for the June 5 primary. Javier Panzar, latimes.com, "A conservative actress and a celebrity mayor heat up a South Los Angeles congressional race," 7 Mar. 2018 In addition to nudging call agents to pep up their tone, or respond to distress in a caller’s voice, Cogito’s software listens to the pace and pattern of calls. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "This Call May Be Monitored for Tone and Emotion," 19 Mar. 2018

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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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The first known use of pep was in 1908

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More Definitions for pep

pep

noun

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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