Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Energy and high spirits; vim: "The duchess is full of pep, that particularly American word that expresses precisely her energy and gaiety” ( Suzy Menkes).
  • transitive v. To bring energy or liveliness to; invigorate: The good news pepped him up.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To inject with energy and enthusiasm.
  • n. Energy, high spirits.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. liveliness and energy

Etymologies

Short for pepper.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Abbreviation of pepper ("spice") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Cosby believes that shouldn't define the school and so he's leading what he calls a pep rally tonight.

    CNN Transcript Sep 4, 2003

  • Maybe they'll use her to get people men to show-up to McCain pep rally's.

    McCain daughter writing children's book

  • The conference, part midterm pep rally, part starting-gun for 2012 jockeying, was marked by a predictable mixture of bombast and contrition.

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  • You mustn't _hate_ the enemy -- that wastes a lot of "pep" --

    With the Colors Songs of the American Service

  • For about twenty minutes Rowley gave what could only be called a pep talk.

    The Kennedy Detail

  • BASH: At the closed door meeting described as a pep rally atmosphere with a standing room only crowd, the president tried to talk up the economy and Iraq but warned things could look worse after the June 30th handover.

    CNN Transcript May 20, 2004

  • You jest set right here in your chair till I come back, an 'I'll bring you a good parcel o' pep'-mints.

    Meadow Grass Tales of New England Life

  • Summing up the 2,561-word pep talk - where Google and Apple are hailed as the new iconic American brands, taking the place of Chevrolet and McDonald's (you pick which is which), the journalists conclude:

    Cult of Mac

  • Paterson and his administration are seeking to regroup Friday in what one official described as pep talks.

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  • To anyone who's depressed about the state of literary culture these days, Dennis Johnson would like to offer a three-word pep talk:

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