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- Having the taste of pepper.
- (figuratively) Having a fiery temperament.
- a peppery old Army major
- 1869 May, Anthony Trollope, “The Clock House at Nuncombe Putney”, in He Knew He Was Right, volume I, London: Strahan and Company, publishers, […], OCLC 1118026626, page 113:
- At the Stag and Antlers old Mrs. Crocket, than whom no old woman in the public line was ever more generous, more peppery, or more kind, kept two clean bedrooms, and could cook a leg of Dartmoor mutton and make an apple pie against any woman in Devonshire.
- 1884, Gilbert & Sullivan, Princess Ida:
- For I'm a peppery potentate, / Who's little inclined his claim to bate, / To fit the wit of a bit of a chit, / And that's the long and short of it!