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peppery

[pep-uh-ree]
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adjective
  1. full of or tasting like pepper; hot; pungent.
  2. of, relating to, or resembling pepper.
  3. sharp or stinging: a peppery speech.
  4. easily angered; bad-tempered; irritable; irascible: the peppery leader of a political faction.
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Origin of peppery

First recorded in 1690–1700; pepper + -y1
Related formspep·per·i·ly, adverbpep·per·i·ness, nounun·pep·per·y, adjective

Synonyms for peppery

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1. spicy. 3. biting. 4. hot-tempered, hot-headed, testy, choleric.
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Related Words for peppery

piquant, spicy, pungent, zesty, fiery, hot, poignant, racy, snappy, zestful, acute, angry, astringent, biting, caustic, choleric, cranky, cross, hot-tempered, incisive

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British Dictionary definitions for peppery

peppery

adjective
  1. flavoured with or tasting of pepper
  2. quick-tempered; irritable
  3. full of bite and sharpnessa peppery speech
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Derived Formspepperiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for peppery

adj.

1690s, from pepper (n.) + -y (2). Figurative use from 1826. Related: Pepperiness.

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