- lively spirits or energy; vigor; animation.
- pep up, to make or become spirited, vigorous, or lively; animate: We need something to pep up this party.
Origin of pep
Related Words for pepverve, gusto, starch, life, potency, get-up-and-go, zip, tuck, energy, punch, vitality, liveliness, snap, bang, animation, go, push, moxie, spirit, hardihood
Examples from the Web for pep
Contemporary Examples of pep
Thankfully, Aquaman is there to save the situation and give her a pep talk, while she clutches a teddy bear.Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back
December 16, 2014
He knew I was in a deep depression, dark moods, and he would spend time with me, trying to give me pep talks.The Flying New York Fireman Who Shined on 9/11
September 11, 2014
Crazy Eyes sits down with her and gives her a pep talk and a hug.‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2: The Finest, Funniest, and Most Terrifying Moments of Eps. 1-6
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
June 12, 2014
The sun beat down as the procession halted behind the parking lot for Pep Boys, a repair garage.Mardi Gras Indian Chief Larry Bannock’s Final Ride
May 16, 2014
The pint-size prez gave the pep talk of the year, encouraging people everywhere to take risks and make the world a better place.Rob Ford, Kid President, What the Fox Say?, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
December 29, 2013
Historical Examples of pep
Has this high-brow curtain-raiser of yours got any "pep" in it?Hall-Marked and Others (From Six Short Plays)
But it is for pep very good, Mr. Vandeford, sir, and can be tried out.Blue-grass and Broadway
Maria Thompson Daviess
This book is the same size as PEP but has thirty-two pages more.
Follow the diet, exercise and thought rules suggested in "Pep."
And while she was at our house she seemed full of life and pep.Torchy and Vee
- high spirits, energy, or vitality
- (tr usually foll by up) to liven by imbuing with new vigour
Word Origin for pep
- personal equity plan: a method of saving in the U.K. with certain tax advantages, in which investments up to a fixed annual value can be purchased: replaced by the ISA in 1999 but arrangements for existing PEPs remain unchanged
- political and economic planning
"vigor, energy," 1912, shortened form of pepper (n.), which was used in the figurative sense of "spirit, energy" from at least 1847. Pep rally is attested from 1945; pep talk from 1926. To pep (something) up is from 1925.