verb (used with object)
Origin of pepper
Related Words for pepperinginfuse, sprinkle, pepper, bombard, pummel, shower, batter, hurl, assail, interrupt, intersperse, underline, mar, pervade, puncture, corrupt, infest, moisten, dredge, smear
Examples from the Web for peppering
Contemporary Examples of peppering
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'
February 25, 2014
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
June 9, 2011
Within days he was peppering me with phone calls and telling me that my entire approach to fulfilling my dreams was wrong.A Man Who Could Be Me
April 27, 2010
Kardashian is one of many celebrities who now command substantial fees for peppering their posts with commercial name-dropping.Paid to Tweet?
January 11, 2010
Historical Examples of peppering
He talked of peppering his people as I would talk of peppering a capon.Imaginary Conversations and Poems
Walter Savage Landor
Maybe what she said to Pa made him go west after peppering your burglar.The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy
George W. Peck
It was coming down in torrents, peppering the roof and the windows.Johnny Ludlow, Second Series
Mrs. Henry Wood
That must be the identical rock he squatted under while the Bushmen were peppering him.Renshaw Fanning's Quest
Life is peppering me with good things this year, I could not be more grateful.She Buildeth Her House
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.