pepper

[ pep-er ]
/ ˈpɛp ər /

noun

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. peplomer,
  2. peplos,
  3. peplum,
  4. peplus,
  5. pepo,
  6. pepper family,
  7. pepper game,
  8. pepper mill,
  9. pepper pot,
  10. pepper shaker

Origin of pepper

before 1000; Middle English peper, piper, Old English pipor (> Old Norse pipari, piparr) < Latin piper < Greek péperi; compare Old Frisian piper, Dutch peper, Old High German pfeffar (German Pfeffer); these and Old English pipor perhaps < a common West Germanic borrowing < Latin

Related formspep·per·er, nounpep·per·ish, adjectivepep·per·ish·ly, adverbun·pep·pered, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for peppered

pepper

/ (ˈpɛpə) /

noun

verb (tr)

Word Origin for pepper

Old English piper, from Latin, from Greek peperi; compare French poivre, Old Norse piparr

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