pep (pĕp) Informal
Energy and high spirits; vim: "The duchess is full of pep, that particularly American word that expresses precisely her energy and gaiety" (Suzy Menkes).
tr.v. pepped, pep·ping, peps
To bring energy or liveliness to; invigorate: The good news pepped him up.
[Short for PEPPER.]
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