[ 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.

Origin of pep

First recorded in 1840–50; short for pepper

Related forms

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

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British Dictionary definitions for pep (1 of 2)


/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for pep (2 of 2)


/ (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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