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[pep-ee] /ˈpɛp i/
adjective, peppier, peppiest. Informal.
energetic; vigorous; lively.
Origin of peppy
First recorded in 1920-25; pep + -y1
Related forms
peppily, adverb
peppiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Miss peppy said this with much solemnity, as if she were administering an oath.

    Shifting Winds R.M. Ballantyne
  • “Glad to have them,” came the peppy voice back over the wire.

    Helen in the Editor's Chair

    Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • peppy turned toward her companion with one of her clearest and most straightforward expressions.

  • Secretly, for it was not peppy's way to take men into his confidence where it might be avoided, he got himself a coil of rope.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • She asked if every one was out of the castle, and being assured that it was so, said, Is peppy (her dog) safe?

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 Augustus J. C. Hare
British Dictionary definitions for peppy


adjective -pier, -piest
(informal) full of vitality; bouncy or energetic
Derived Forms
peppily, adverb
peppiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for peppy

"full of pep," 1915, from pep + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for peppy



Energetic; vital; zingy (1918+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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