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 For pep, Seltos' 2-liter four-cylinder engine produces 146 horsepower. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "You'll flip over these 3 new cars unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show, but 3 others fell short," 22 Nov. 2019 Sanders wore a sweatshirt with Nike written in big letters across the front at the pep rally/ceremony. al, "Recruiting notebook: Top prospects from 6 states expected to attend Alabama vs. LSU," 1 Nov. 2019 The reading-theme pep rally Ñheld to promote good reading habitsÑ featured remarks from Magic players, a visit from mascot Stuff, games and music. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic team with OCPS to reward students for reading," 16 Oct. 2019 Hoda Kotb's pep, warmth, and spirit makes the TODAY show with Hoda and Jenna one of our favorites on morning television. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "WATCH: Hoda Kotb Admits She Almost Thought About Leaving the Today Show—Here's Why," 16 Oct. 2019 Warren, who is 70 but often projects considerable pep on the stump, also made no apologies. Los Angeles Times, "Trump impeachment briefly unifies Democrats at debate, but candidates clash over guns, healthcare," 15 Oct. 2019 There was also dress up days, an afternoon school gym pep assembly Oct. 4 and, that same day, a parade through downtown before Friday Night Lights at William Lutz Stadium – and fireworks after the game. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, "Glenbrook North hosts ‘sweet’ homecoming celebration," 15 Oct. 2019 Garlic shrimp came bathed in an unabashedly lemony, moules-frites-style white wine sauce, a dash of chili flakes adding pep, and slices of smoky grilled baguette at the ready. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: Chandler Steakhouse at MGM in Springfield is a classic, with modern twists," 4 Oct. 2019 The Spice Girls’s relentless pep and revealing outfits became a little embarrassing, an easy shorthand for my childhood naïveté. New York Times, "‘Spice World’ & Me," 23 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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

1 Dec 2019

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“Pep.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peps. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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