Pepper meaning

pĕpər
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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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.

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Any of several other plants of the genus Piper, such as cubeb, betel, and kava.
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Any of various condiments made from the more pungent varieties of capsicum, such as cayenne pepper, tabasco pepper, and chili.
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Any of various other plants producing pungent fruits, such as the Szechuan pepper.
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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.
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To season or sprinkle with pepper.
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To strike with small missiles or gunfire.
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To beset repeatedly, as with questions or requests.
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To distribute certain features, such as witty remarks or quotations, throughout (a discourse).
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Any of various aromatic or pungent plants of several families, as the myrtle or ginger family, used in flavoring foods.
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A warm-up or practice session in which the ball is repeatedly thrown to a batter close by, who bunts it back to be fielded.
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Designating a family (Piperaceae, order Piperales) of dicotyledonous plants, including cubeb.
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To sprinkle or flavor with ground pepper.
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To sprinkle freely or thickly.
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To shower or pelt with many small objects.

A roof peppered with hailstones.

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To beat or hit with short, quick jabs.
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A plant of the family Piperaceae.
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(uncountable) A spice prepared from the fermented, dried, unripe red berries of this plant.
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A fruit of the capsicum: red, green, yellow or white, hollow and containing seeds, and in very spicy and mild varieties.
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(baseball) A game used by baseball players to warm up where fielders standing close to a batter rapidly return the batted ball to be hit again.

Some ballparks have signs saying "No pepper games".

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To add pepper to.
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To strike with something made up of small particles.
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To cover with lots of (something made up of small things).

After the hailstorm, the beach was peppered with holes.

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To add (something) at frequent intervals.

He liked to pepper his conversation with long words.

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Origin of pepper

  • Middle English peper from Old English pipor from Latin piper from Greek peperi of Indic origin Prakrit pipparī from Sanskrit pippalī from pippalam pipal

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English piper, from Latin piper, from an Indo-Aryan source; compare Sanskrit पिप्पलि (pippali, “long pepper").

    From Wiktionary