pepperbox [pep-er-boks] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a small box with perforations in the top, for sprinkling pepper.

Origin of pepperbox First recorded in 1540–50; pepper + box1 Also called pepper pot. Examples from the Web for pepper-box Historical Examples of pepper-box

  • She had her book upside down, putting the holes in the lid of the pepper-box.

    Emmy Lou

    George Madden Martin

  • In the result one might be pardoned for some uncertainty as to which was coffee-pot and which pepper-box.

    Emmy Lou

    George Madden Martin

  • I suspect I should be the goose and she the pepper-box;—but we never could shape that course.

    Olla Podrida

    Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)

  • “It—it looks like a—a pepper-box,” replied Rose, with some hesitation.

    Jeff Benson, or the Young Coastguardsman

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Hang the pepper-box to his nose, nurse, then he will be a cruet.

    Funny Stories Told By The Soldiers

    Carleton B. Case

  • Word Origin and History for pepper-box n.

    1540s, from pepper (n.) + box (n.1). Meaning “hot-tempered person” is from 1867.

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