One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘this salami is very peppery’
spicy, spiced, peppered, hot, highly seasoned, pungent, fiery, gingery, piquant, sharp
2‘retired generals are expected to be peppery’
irritable, peevish, cross, crabbed, crabby, crotchety, cantankerous, hot-tempered, irascible, fiery, quick-tempered, impatient, complaining, querulous, curmudgeonly, bitter, acerbic, sour, caustic, moody, grumpy, huffy, brusque, surly, curt, gruff, scratchy, ill-tempered, bad-tempered, short-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, touchy, sharp-tongued, testy, tetchy, snappish, snarling, waspish, prickly, crusty, bilious, liverish, dyspeptic, splenetic, choleric
informal snappy, chippy, grouchy, cranky
British informal narky, ratty, eggy, like a bear with a sore head
North American informal peckish, sorehead, soreheaded
NZ Australian informal snaky
informal, dated miffy
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