[ pep ]
/ pɛp /


lively spirits or energy; vigor; animation.

Verb Phrases past and past participle pepped up, present participle pep·ping up.

pep up, to make or become spirited, vigorous, or lively; animate: We need something to pep up this party.

Nearby words

  1. people's party,
  2. people's republic of china,
  3. peoplehood,
  4. peoria,
  5. peotillomania,
  6. pep pill,
  7. pep rally,
  8. pep someone up,
  9. pep talk,
  10. peperomia

Origin of pep

First recorded in 1840–50; short for pepper

Related formspep·ful, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pep up


/ (pɛp) /


high spirits, energy, or vitality

verb peps, pepping or pepped

(tr usually foll by up) to liven by imbuing with new vigour

Word Origin for pep

C20: short for pepper


/ (pɛp) /

n acronym for

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

abbreviation for

political and economic planning
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Word Origin and History for pep up



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper