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.

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

  2. pepper(Noun)

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

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

  3. pepper(Noun)

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

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

  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".

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

  5. pepper(Verb)

    To add pepper to.

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

  6. pepper(Verb)

    To strike with something made up of small particles.

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

  7. pepper(Verb)

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

    After the hailstorm, the beach was peppered with holes.

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

  8. pepper(Verb)

    To add (something) at frequent intervals.

    He liked to pepper his conversation with long words.

    Etymology: 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

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

  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

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

  3. Pepper(noun)

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

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

  4. Pepper(verb)

    to sprinkle or season with pepper

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

  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

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

  6. Pepper(verb)

    to fire numerous shots (at)

    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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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. Mariza Snyder:

    Abdullah — who now weighs less than she did pre-pregnancy — tries to reach for spices when preparing each meal of the day. For example, she mixes cinnamon into her breakfast smoothies to manage insulin levels and keep blood sugar low, and sprinkles nuts with red chili powder, which increases metabolism, as well as salt, pepper and cumin. For a quick dinner, she marinates chicken overnight with cumin, ginger, garlic, jalapenos, smoked paprika and coriander. She referenced her cauliflower, pea and carrot medley with turmeric, which reduces inflammation. Experts say spices can be beneficial for weight loss, but an active lifestyle and eating well overall are key. Dr. Mariza Snyder, author of The Matcha Miracle, said exercising, avoiding processed foods, and opting for a plant-based diet when possible is crucial. Today, in addition to adding spices to Mariza Snyder food, Abdullah works out about twice a week. Mariza Snyder’s energetic and confident, and no longer feels deprived. Plus, Mariza Snyder weight is at an all-time low for Mariza Snyder adult life. My life has changed because I seek out more active things to do now.

  2. Jessie Pang:

    My arms were irritated by the pepper spray in the air and my legs were so tired ... but nothing compared with the pain I felt with my people, i don't think it's a weakness to admit we have emotion. We are human before we are reporters.

  3. Letitia Elizabeth Landon:

    Conjugal government requires its treatises. A young woman setting out in life lacks a printed guide. Her cookery-book, however, may afford some useful hints till one be actually directed to the important subject just mentioned. Many well-known receipts are equally available for a batterie de cuisine or du cœur. Your roasted husband is subdued by the fire of fierce words and fiercer looks — your broiled husband, under the pepper and salt of taunt and innuendo — your stewed husband, under the constant application of petty vexations — your boiled husband dissolves under the watery influences — while your confectionized husband goes through a course of the blanc mange of flattery, or the preserves and sweets of caresses and smiles.

  4. Tom Smith:

    Whether it is a Taser, pepper spray, baton... there's been this gap created by the courts requiring that a higher level of force be used at the appropriate time, this tool fits perfectly into that gap giving the officers another option to use before having to use that high level of force to end that conversation very early, very safely.

  5. Nguyen Nam Hai:

    Whatever purpose they may have, what they are doing is posing threat to people's health. If they mix that substance with coffee or pepper, it would be awful and unacceptable, i don't understand why they do it. Vietnam accounts for half of the world's black pepper output and 60-65 percent of global black pepper trade and prices are falling.

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