a pungent condiment obtained from various plants of the genus Piper, especially from the dried berries, used whole or ground, of the tropical climbing shrub P. nigrum.
any plant of the genus Piper.: Compare pepper family.
any of several plants of the genus Capsicum, especially C. annuum, cultivated in many varieties, or C. frutescens.
the usually green or red fruit of any of these plants, ranging from mild to very pungent in flavor.
the pungent seeds of several varieties of C. annuum or C. frutescens, used ground or whole as a condiment.
Baseball. pepper game.
to season with or as if with pepper.
to sprinkle or cover, as if with pepper; dot.
to sprinkle like pepper.
to hit with rapidly repeated short jabs.
to pelt with or as if with shot or missiles: They peppered the speaker with hard questions.
to discharge (shot or missiles) at something.
- pep·per·er, noun
- pep·per·ish, adjective
- pep·per·ish·ly, adverb
- un·pep·pered, adjective
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How to use pepper in a sentence
The device could someday be used to test cooked meals or fresh peppers, says analytical chemist Warakorn Limbut of Prince of Songkla University in Hat Yai, Thailand.A new portable device can reveal a chili pepper’s heat | Erin Garcia de Jesus | November 10, 2020 | Science News
Tensions grew along with the size of the protest, and police used pepper spray and flashbang devices to push demonstrators away from the station.Protesters demonstrate outside D.C. police station for second night after Karon Hylton’s death | Clarence Williams, Samantha Schmidt, Tom Jackman | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
That testing process involves dissolving a precise amount of dried pepper in alcohol so as to extract the capsaicinoids.Better than the Scoville scale? Chili-shaped device can rate pepper hotness | Jennifer Ouellette | October 22, 2020 | Ars Technica
Pauline attached the camera to her rover and drove it around pepper plants that she grew in pots.Student scientists work to help all of us survive a warmer world | Bethany Brookshire | October 21, 2020 | Science News For Students
It’s found naturally in fruits and vegetables, especially citrus, peppers and tomatoes.Can supplements really help fight COVID-19? Here’s what we know and don’t know | Laura Beil | October 16, 2020 | Science News
He has the potential to complicate the unfailing friendliness of Jimmy Fallon by peppering in a little bite.Seth Meyers Gets Off to a Rocky Start on 'Late Night' | Kevin Fallon | February 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
All of the male presenters professed their great esteem for the women on stage, peppering their praises with off-the-cuff humor.Women Who Rule the Stage: Theater Goddesses Honored at Second Annual Lilly Awards | Lizzie Crocker | June 9, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Within days he was peppering me with phone calls and telling me that my entire approach to fulfilling my dreams was wrong.
Beck began peppering his banter with political references and pushing executives for a talk show to call his own.
Kardashian is one of many celebrities who now command substantial fees for peppering their posts with commercial name-dropping.
The breakfast hour was enlivened by a continual peppering of small shot from her, varied by a big gun from her father.Alone | Marion Harland
He whipped out his own revolver and began peppering the ground under the feet of the mountaineers' horses.The Pony Rider Boys on the Blue Ridge | Frank Gee Patchin
In that vise he was borne across the house and deposited in his own seat, under a peppering fire of giggles from the whole school.The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Part 2. | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
His head was covered with the angry bees, and they were peppering every exposed part of his face.The Pony Rider Boys in New England | Frank Gee Patchin
Bullets from a submachine gun clipped out, peppering the entrance and the door, and ricocheting down the hall.Police Your Planet | Lester del Rey
British Dictionary definitions for pepper
a woody climbing plant, Piper nigrum, of the East Indies, having small black berry-like fruits: family Piperaceae
the fruit of any of these capsicums, which has a mild or pungent taste
the condiment made from the fruits of any of these plants
any of various similar but unrelated plants, such as water pepper
to season with pepper
to sprinkle liberally; dot: his prose was peppered with alliteration
to pelt with small missiles
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