[ pep-er-boks ]

  1. a small box with perforations in the top, for sprinkling pepper.

Origin of pepperbox

First recorded in 1540–50; pepper + box1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pepperbox in a sentence

  • But the Peacock was bored as full of holes as a pepper-box, and the water poured in faster than all hands could pump it out.

  • At one time, the situation looked very serious, and Sandy got his “pepper-box” into position.

    The Boy Settlers | Noah Brooks
  • Sandy put his “pepper-box” under his pillow, and Charlie had his trusty 45 rifle within reach.

    The Boy Settlers | Noah Brooks
  • By the way, the sight of a pepper-box in a lodging-house kitchen is always a sure sign that the man behind it is a "nark."

    Beggars | W. H. (William Henry) Davies
  • I should build a castellated baronial residence, pepper-box turrets, etcetera, and resist modern new lights to the uttermost.'

    Cedar Creek | Elizabeth Hely Walshe