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Dictionary Definition



1 climber having dark red berries (peppercorns) when fully ripe; southern India and Sri Lanka; naturalized in northern Burma and Assam [syn: common pepper, black pepper, white pepper, Madagascar pepper, Piper nigrum]
2 any of various tropical plants of the genus Capsicum bearing peppers [syn: capsicum, capsicum pepper plant]
3 pungent seasoning from the berry of the common pepper plant of East India; use whole or ground [syn: peppercorn]
4 sweet and hot varieties of fruits of plants of the genus Capsicum


1 add pepper to; "pepper the soup"
2 attack and bombard with or as if with missiles; "pelt the speaker with questions" [syn: pelt]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English piper



  1. A plant of the family Piperaceae.
  2. A spice prepared from the fermented, dried, unripe red berries of this plant.
  3. A fruit of the capsicum: red, green, yellow or white, hollow and containing seeds, and in very spicy and mild varieties.
  4. 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".


  • Arabic: فلفل
  • Bosnian: biber
  • Crimean Tatar: biber
  • Croatian: biber
  • Czech: pepř
  • Danish: peber
  • Dutch: peper
  • Esperanto: pipro
  • Finnish: pippuri
  • French: poivre
  • German: Pfeffer
  • Hebrew: פלפל שחור (pilpel shachor)
  • Hungarian: bors
  • Indonesian: lada, merica
  • Italian: pepe
  • Japanese: (koshō)
  • Persian: فلفل
  • Polish: pieprz
  • Portuguese: pimenta
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: бибер
    Roman: biber
  • Slovene: poper
  • Spanish: pimienta
  • Swedish: peppar
  • Turkish: karabiber
fruit of the capsicum


  1. To add pepper to.
  2. To strike with something made up of small particles.
  3. To be covered with lots of (something made up of small things).
    After the hailstorm, the beach was peppered with holes.
  4. To add (something) at frequent intervals.
    He liked to pepper his conversation with long words.


add pepper to
strike with small particles
be covered with lots of (small things)
add at frequent intervals

Extensive Definition

Pepper may refer to:


The Piper genus, in the Piperaceae family, including:
The Capsicum genus, including:
The Pimenta genus of the Myrtaceae family, including:
And also:




pepper in Arabic: فلفل
pepper in Catalan: Pebre (desambiguació)
pepper in German: Pepper
pepper in Spanish: Pimienta
pepper in French: Pepper
pepper in Malay (macrolanguage): Lada
pepper in Simple English: Pepper
pepper in Chinese: 胡椒

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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