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 nigrum(noun)

    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 plant(noun)

    any of various tropical plants of the genus Capsicum bearing peppers

  3. pepper, peppercorn(noun)

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

  4. pepper(verb)

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

  5. pepper(verb)

    add pepper to

    "pepper the soup"

  6. pepper, pelt(verb)

    attack and bombard with or as if with missiles

    "pelt the speaker with questions"


  1. pepper(Noun)

    A plant of the family Piperaceae.

  2. pepper(Noun)

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

  3. pepper(Noun)

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

  4. pepper(Noun)

    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. pepper(Verb)

    To add pepper to.

  6. pepper(Verb)

    To strike with something made up of small particles.

  7. pepper(Verb)

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

    After the hailstorm, the beach was peppered with holes.

  8. pepper(Verb)

    To add (something) at frequent intervals.

    He liked to pepper his conversation with long words.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pepper(noun)

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

  2. Pepper(noun)

    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. Pepper(noun)

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

  4. Pepper(verb)

    to sprinkle or season with pepper

  5. Pepper(verb)

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

  6. Pepper(verb)

    to fire numerous shots (at)

  7. Origin: [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.]

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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. George Herbert:

    He who has the pepper may season as he lists.

  2. Matter Houston activist Ashton Woods:

    It’s problematic, what about a taser? What about pepper spray?

  3. Vikrant Parsai:

    People are like pepper, you don’t know them until you have ground them.

  4. Cynthia Sass:

    Brewed tea with garlic, ginger, and black pepper makes a perfect marinade.

  5. Eduardo Zavala:

    If a woman comes out in a bikini, it's like salt and pepper for the oil workers.

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