peppery

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Etymology[edit]

pepper +‎ -y

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peppery (comparative pepperier, superlative pepperiest)

  1. Having the taste of pepper.
  2. Having a fiery temperament.
    a peppery old Army major
    • 1868, Anthony Trollope, He Knew He Was Right XIV
      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 bed-rooms, and could cook a leg of Dartmoor mutton and make an apple pie against any woman in Devonshire.
    • 1884, Princess Ida, by Gilbert & Sullivan
      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!

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