[pee-awr-ee-uh, -ohr-] /piˈɔr i ə, -ˈoʊr-/
a city in central Illinois, on the Illinois River.
a town in central Arizona.
a port in N central Illinois, on the Illinois River. Pop: 112 907 (2003 est)
small city in Illinois, U.S., originally the name of a subdivision of the Miami/Illinois people (1673), from native /peewaareewa/. Their own name is said to mean “carriers.” The place name also is found in Oklahoma and Iowa, but it is the Illinois city that has been proverbially regarded as the typical measure of U.S. cultural and intellectual standards at least since Ambrose Bierce (c.1890). Also the butt of baseball player jokes (c.1920-40, when it was part of the St. Louis Cardinals farm system) and popularized in the catchphrase “It’ll play in Peoria” (often negative), meaning “the average American will approve,” which was popular in the Nixon White House (1969-74) but seems to have had a vaudeville origin. Personification in “little old lady in Peoria” is said to be from Harold Ross of the “New Yorker.” Peoria’s rivals as embodiment of U.S. small city values and standards include Dubuque, Iowa; Hoboken and Hackensack, N.J.; Oakland (Gertrude Stein: “When you get there, there isn’t any there there”) and Burbank, Calif., and the entire state of North Dakota.
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peotillomania pe·o·til·lo·ma·ni·a (pē’ō-tĭl’ə-mā’nē-ə) n. A nervous tic consisting of a constant pulling of the penis.
[pep] /pɛp/ Informal. noun 1. lively spirits or energy; vigor; animation. Verb phrases, past and past participle pepped up, present participle pepping up. 2. pep up, to make or become spirited, vigorous, or lively; animate: We need something to pep up this party. /pɛp/ noun 1. high spirits, energy, or vitality verb peps, pepping, pepped […]
[pep-uh-roh-mee-uh] /ˌpɛp əˈroʊ mi ə/ noun 1. any of numerous tropical and subtropical plants belonging to the genus Peperomia, of the pepper family, cultivated as houseplants for their ornamental foliage. /pɛpəˈrəʊmɪə/ noun 1. any plant of the large genus Peperomia from tropical and subtropical America with slightly fleshy ornamental leaves, some of which are grown […]
[pep-uh-roh-nee] /ˌpɛp əˈroʊ ni/ noun 1. . [pep-uh-roh-nee] /ˌpɛp əˈroʊ ni/ noun 1. a highly seasoned, hard sausage of beef and pork. /ˌpɛpəˈrəʊnɪ/ noun 1. a highly seasoned dry sausage of pork and beef spiced with pepper, used esp on pizza n. “beef and pork sausage seasoned with pepper,” 1919, American English, from Italian peperone […]