1 of 2


: brisk energy or initiative and high spirits


2 of 2


pepped; pepping

transitive verb

: to inject pep into
pep him up

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
On day four of being home, Jill has a pep in her step and has reacclimated to being home, the family said. Isabelle Butera, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2023 Many turbo cars feel flat at low revs, but the XT has plenty of pep around town. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 7 May 2023 Add Color to a White Kitchen Bring a little pep to white kitchen cabinets with a colorful backsplash. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Oct. 2023 Everyone walks around with a pep in their step when these people are on set. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 1 June 2023 These beauties will keep the pep in your step during long days at the office. Brad Lanphear, Men's Health, 5 Sep. 2023 But, beneath the pep, other emotions are roiling: dread, restlessness, economic panic. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 30 Aug. 2023 Thanks to all that pep, the EV will reportedly be able to sprint from zero to 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 25 Aug. 2023 The 43-year-old artist, born Alecia Moore, has for more than two decades been an antidote to the pep of conventional pop, using her don’t-test-me candor on and off the stage to tear down patriarchal standards and promote unabashed individualism. Sophia Solano, Washington Post, 8 Aug. 2023
There’s something calming and refreshing about spritzing a fine, barely-there mist with a breath of delicious scent that feels incredible, especially in the spring and summer when temperatures are hotter, and the sun is stronger or after a long flight to pep me up before day one of a trip. Ali Faccenda, Travel + Leisure, 9 June 2023 And will baseball purists like me, stubborn in our ways, embrace the rule changes that Epstein and baseball’s poobahs are installing to pep up the game for a new generation? David Axelrod, CNN, 1 Apr. 2023 Truly the best way to pep up your Thursday. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 16 Aug. 2020 Made with fresh corn and milk, onion, spices and sometimes goat cheese are added to pep it up. Sorrel Moseley-Williams, CNN, 5 Mar. 2023 Usually, only a couple of drops of either is needed to pep up a cocktail. Journal Sentinel, 30 Jan. 2023 Probably so, but ironically, the best way to pep yourself up is to get some exercise. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 14 Oct. 2022 Mullins remembers pep rallies around campus to try to change that. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 23 June 2022 Chapman used products including vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, a hydrating booster and pep 8 serum to combat air travel dehydration. Monique Jessen,, 9 June 2022 See More

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Word History



short for pepper

First Known Use


1908, in the meaning defined above


1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pep was in 1908

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Cite this Entry

“Pep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: brisk energy : liveliness


2 of 2 verb
pepped; pepping
: to put pep into : stimulate
let's try to pep things up

Medical Definition



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