What does pepper mean?

Definitions for pepper
ˈpɛp ərpep·per

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pepper, common pepper, black pepper, white pepper, Madagascar pepper, Piper nigrumnoun

    climber having dark red berries (peppercorns) when fully ripe; southern India and Sri Lanka; naturalized in northern Burma and Assam

  2. capsicum, pepper, capsicum pepper plantnoun

    any of various tropical plants of the genus Capsicum bearing peppers

  3. pepper, peppercornnoun

    pungent seasoning from the berry of the common pepper plant of East India; use whole or ground

  4. pepperverb

    sweet and hot varieties of fruits of plants of the genus Capsicum

  5. pepperverb

    add pepper to

    "pepper the soup"

  6. pepper, peltverb

    attack and bombard with or as if with missiles

    "pelt the speaker with questions"


  1. peppernoun

    A plant of the family Piperaceae.

  2. peppernoun

    A spice prepared from the fermented, dried, unripe red berries of this plant.

  3. peppernoun

    A fruit of the capsicum: red, green, yellow or white, hollow and containing seeds, and in very spicy and mild varieties.

  4. peppernoun

    A game used by baseball players to warm up where fielders standing close to a batter rapidly return the batted ball to be hit again

    Some ballparks have signs saying "No pepper games".

  5. pepperverb

    To add pepper to.

  6. pepperverb

    To strike with something made up of small particles.

  7. pepperverb

    To be covered with lots of (something made up of small things).

    After the hailstorm, the beach was peppered with holes.

  8. pepperverb

    To add (something) at frequent intervals.

    He liked to pepper his conversation with long words.

  9. Etymology: piper, from piper, from an source; compare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Peppernoun

    We have three kinds of pepper; the black, the white, and the long, which are three different fruits produced by three different plants: black pepper is a dried fruit of the size of a vetch and roundish, but rather of a deep brown than a black colour: with this we are supplied by the Dutch from their East Indian settlements in Java, Malabar and Sumatra, and the plant has the same heat and fiery taste that we find in the pepper: white pepper is commonly factitious, and prepared from the black by taking off the outer bark, but there is a rarer sort, which is a genuine fruit naturally white: long pepper is a fruit gathered while unripe and dried, of an inch or an inch and half in length, and of the thickness of a large goose quill: it much resembles the catkins of some of our trees, and contains several seeds singly in small membranaceous cells, and these seeds are of an acrid, hot and bitterish taste: the whole fruit is of a brownish grey colour and cylindrick in its figure. Hill.

    Etymology: piper, Lat. poivre, Fr.

    Scatter o’er the blooms the pungent dust
    Of pepper, fatal to the frosty tribe. James Thomson, Spring.

  2. To Pepperverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I have peppered two of them; two I have paid, two rogues in buckram suits. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.


  1. Pepper

    Pepper is a song by American alternative rock band Butthole Surfers. It appeared on their seventh studio album, Electriclarryland, and reached number one on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, becoming the top-ranked song of 1996 on the former chart. In Australia the song peaked at number 15 on the ARIA Singles Chart and number four on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 1996. It also reached number two on the Canadian RPM Alternative 30 and number 32 in New Zealand.


  1. pepper

    Pepper is a pungent and aromatic spice obtained from the berries known as peppercorns of the tropical plant Piper nigrum. It is commonly used in cooking to add heat and flavor. It's native to South Asia, specifically India, and is one of the most widely used spices in the world. Pepper can also refer to a genus of plants in the family Solanaceae, including bell peppers and chili peppers, used as vegetables in various cuisines.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Peppernoun

    a well-known, pungently aromatic condiment, the dried berry, either whole or powdered, of the Piper nigrum

  2. Peppernoun

    the plant which yields pepper, an East Indian woody climber (Piper nigrum), with ovate leaves and apetalous flowers in spikes opposite the leaves. The berries are red when ripe. Also, by extension, any one of the several hundred species of the genus Piper, widely dispersed throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the earth

  3. Peppernoun

    any plant of the genus Capsicum, and its fruit; red pepper; as, the bell pepper

  4. Pepperverb

    to sprinkle or season with pepper

  5. Pepperverb

    figuratively: To shower shot or other missiles, or blows, upon; to pelt; to fill with shot, or cover with bruises or wounds

  6. Pepperverb

    to fire numerous shots (at)

  7. Etymology: [OE. peper, AS. pipor, L. piper, fr. Gr. pe`peri, pi`peri, akin to Skr. pippala, pippali.]


  1. Pepper

    Pepper is a reggae rock band with three members, two originally from Hawaii, and one from California. Now the band is based in San Diego. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Kaleo Wassman, vocalist/bassist Bret Bollinger, and drummer Yesod Williams. Since the band's formation they have released five studio albums as well as one live album.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pepper

    pep′ėr, n. a pungent aromatic condiment consisting of the dried berries of the pepper-plant, entire or powdered: any plant of genus Piper: a plant of genus Capsicum, or one of its pods, whence Cayenne pepper.—v.t. to sprinkle with pepper: to hit or pelt with shot, &c.: to pelt thoroughly: to do for.—adj. Pepp′er-and-salt′, of a colour composed of a light ground dotted with fine spots of a dark colour, or of a dark ground with light spots.—ns. Pepp′er-box, a box with a perforated top for sprinkling pepper on food; Pepp′er-cake, a kind of spiced cake or gingerbread; Pepp′er-cast′er, the vessel, on a cruet-stand, from which pepper is sprinkled; Pepp′ercorn, the berry of the pepper plant: something of little value—Peppercorn rent, a nominal rent; Pepp′erer, one who sells pepper, a grocer; Pepp′er-gin′gerbread, hot-spiced gingerbread; Pepp′er-grass, any plant of genus Lepidium; Pepp′eriness; Pepp′ermint, a species of mint, aromatic and pungent like pepper: a liquor distilled from the plant: a lozenge flavoured with peppermint—Peppermint-drop, a confection so flavoured; Pepp′er-pot, a West Indian dish, of cassareep, together with flesh or dried fish and vegetables, esp. green okra and chillies: tripe shredded and stewed, with balls of dough and plenty of pepper; Pepp′er-tree, a shrub of the cashew family, native to South America, &c.—also Pepper shrub and Chili pepper; Pepp′erwort, the dittander.—adj. Pepp′ery, possessing the qualities of pepper: hot, choleric.—Æthiopian pepper, the produce of Xylopia Æthiopica; Benin pepper, of Cubeba Clusii; Guinea pepper, or Maleguetta pepper, of Amomum; Jamaica pepper, or Pimento, of species of Eugenia (Myrtaceæ); Long pepper, the fruit of Piper Longum; White pepper, the seed freed from the skin and fleshy part of the fruit by soaking in water and rubbing the dried fruit. [A.S. pipor—L. piper—Gr. peperi—Sans. pippala.]

Editors Contribution

  1. pepper

    A type of cultivar, plant and seed.

    The pepper plants are growing beautifully in the garden.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 28, 2020  

  2. pepper

    A type of product.

    The bag of mixed peppers to buy are wonderful.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 28, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pepper is ranked #3178 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Pepper surname appeared 11,374 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Pepper.

    89% or 10,133 total occurrences were White.
    5.1% or 586 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 288 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 216 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 81 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 71 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pepper' in Nouns Frequency: #2817

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pepper in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pepper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of pepper in a Sentence

  1. Secret Service:

    After further review, the U.S. Secret Service has determined that an agency employee used pepper spray on June 1st, during efforts to secure the area near Lafayette Park, the employee utilized oleoresin capsicum spray, or pepper spray, in response to an assaultive individual.

  2. Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan:

    I'm not going to stand here and tell you that for a 9-year-old to have to be pepper-sprayed is OK. It's not, i don't see that as who we are as a department, and we're going to do the work we have to do to ensure that these kinds of things don't happen.

  3. Steven Sund:

    As soon as they hit the fence line, the fight was on, violent confrontations from the start. They came with riot helmets, gas masks, shields, pepper spray, fireworks, climbing gear — climbing gear ! — explosives, metal pipes, baseball bats. I have never seen anything like it in 30 years of events in Washington.

  4. Eva Steinberg:

    I've had 10 types of pepper in the store, i don't think that's going to happen this year.

  5. Chris Yeung:

    Some journalists who were sprayed by pepper spray were not allowed to receive immediate treatment, and they were requested to stop filming.

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