verb (used with object)
- pepper family,
- pepper game,
- pepper mill,
- pepper pot,
- pepper shaker
Origin of pepper
Examples from the Web for peppered
At that point, a tall, brown-haired man with wire-rimmed glasses came over to me, sat down, and peppered me with questions.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The text is peppered with internal rhymes and repeated letter combos.Well, La Ti Da: Stephin Merritt’s Winning Little Words of Scrabble|David Bukszpan|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Calls to plead with insurance companies are peppered throughout the day.How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession|Daniela Drake|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While his earlier films were meditative and often peppered with whimsical interludes, A Touch of Sin is notable for its anger.Jia Zhang-Ke’s ‘A Touch of Sin’ Premieres at Cannes|Richard Porton|May 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The narrative is paced and comfortable, peppered with bursts of predictability.
Behind them were the warriors and young men, the matrons and maids; and peppered in, as it were, the children of all ages.
We peppered them all the way up the hill and, as I could see from my glasses, killed a good many of them.Through Three Campaigns|G. A. Henty
I have been 'peppered so highly' in my time, both ways, that it must be cayenne or aloes to make me taste.Life of Lord Byron, Vol. II|Thomas Moore
I've been scalded with hot water and peppered all over with shot.Miss Elliot's Girls|Mrs Mary Spring Corning
I recognize monsieur by his red nose and his peppered face; hes the one who came to the bureau and picked me out.The Bashful Lover (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIX)|Charles Paul de Kock
Word Origin for pepper
Old English pipor, from an early West Germanic borrowing of Latin piper "pepper," from Greek piperi, probably (via Persian) from Middle Indic pippari, from Sanskrit pippali "long pepper." The Latin word is the source of German Pfeffer, Italian pepe, French poivre, Old Church Slavonic pipru, Lithuanian pipiras, Old Irish piobhar, Welsh pybyr, etc. Application to fruits of the capsicum family (unrelated, originally native of tropical America) is 16c.
"to sprinkle as with pepper," 1610s, from pepper (n.). Old English had gepipera. Meaning "to pelt with shot, etc." is from 1640s. Related: Peppered; peppering.