- Pepper is a smooth-skinned, soft-stemmed fruit, or a spicy seasoning made from grinding this fruit after it's dried.
- An example of a pepper is a jalapeño.
- An example of pepper is the black speckled seasoning in a shaker on the table next to the salt.
- Pepper is defined as to sprinkle, or to flavor with the ground peppers.
- An example of pepper is a painter splattering tiny dots of paint on a canvas.
- An example of pepper is shaking chili flakes on a pizza.
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- a pungent condiment obtained from the small, dried fruits of an East Indian vine (Piper nigrum) of the pepper family
- this smooth, soft-stemmed vine
- any of various aromatic or pungent plants of several families, as the myrtle or ginger family, used in flavoring foods
- ☆ Baseball a warm-up or practice session in which the ball is repeatedly thrown to a batter close by, who bunts it back to be fieldedin full pepper game
Origin: Middle English peper from Old English pipor from West Germanic borrowing from Classical Latin piper from Glassical Greek peperi, via Persian from Sanskrit pippali, peppercorn
- to sprinkle or flavor with ground pepper
- to sprinkle freely or thickly
- to shower or pelt with many small objects: a roof peppered with hailstones
- to beat or hit with short, quick jabs
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- Black pepper.
- Any of several plants of the genus Piper, as cubeb, betel, and kava.
- a. Any of several tropical American, cultivated forms of Capsicum frutescens or C. annuum, having podlike, many-seeded, variously colored berries.b. The podlike fruit of any of these plants, varying in size, shape, and degree of pungency, with the milder types including the bell pepper and pimiento, and the more pungent types including the cherry pepper.
- Any of various condiments made from the more pungent varieties of Capsicum frutescens, such as cayenne pepper, tabasco pepper, and chili. Also called hot pepper.
- Baseball A warm-up exercise in which players standing a short distance from a batter field the ball and toss it to the batter, who hits each toss back to the fielders. Also called pepper game.
- To season or sprinkle with pepper.
- To sprinkle liberally; dot.
- To shower with or as if with small missiles. See Synonyms at barrage2.
- To make (a speech, for example) lively and vivid with wit or invective.
Origin: Middle English peper, from Old English pipor, from Latin piper, from Greek peperi, of Indic origin; akin to Prakrit pipparī, from Sanskrit pippalī, from pippalam, pipal.