verb (used with object), piqued, piqu·ing.
verb (used without object), piqued, piqu·ing.
Origin of pique1
noun, plural pi·qués [pi-keyz, pee-; French pee-key] /pɪˈkeɪz, pi-; French piˈkeɪ/ for 2.
Origin of piqué
Origin of pic2
Examples from the Web for pique
He is a mild-mannered and generous guy, not the kind of person prone to fits of pique or rage.We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night|Nathan Bradley Bethea|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This loud display of pique lasted about a week before Fallin quietly reversed herself.
But like the committee hearing, it was just a nasty show of pique.How the Chuck Hagel Fight Changed the American Jewish Landscape in Washington|J. J. Goldberg|August 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Except for a bit of petulance directed toward Stephanopoulos and a bit of pique directed at Huntsman, Romney maintained his cool.Paul Begala: Mitt Romney’s Competition Folds in New Hampshire Debate|Paul Begala|January 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The pique will fade in time, but it will inhibit diplomacy for a while.
As a last effort, she tried to pique him by coldness—this pleased him best, for it relieved him from her presence.
There was, with all this, a sense of pique as he compared his own position with that which Marietta had already won for herself.Gerald Fitzgerald|Charles James Lever
I know many people who pique themselves upon their good manners, and who still have not so much reason as she has.The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete|Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
This seemed to pique the general curiosity, and quite a number of people began to run.Dracula|Bram Stoker
On another occasion he explicitly, and so far manfully, avowed to this gentleman's face the pique he entertained against him.Life of Lord Byron, Vol. I. (of VI.)|Thomas Moore
verb piques, piquing or piqued (tr)
Word Origin for pique
Word Origin for pique
noun plural pics or pix
Word Origin for pic
Word Origin for piqué
1530s, "fit of ill feeling," from Middle French pique "a prick, sting, irritation," noun of action from piquer (see pike (n.2)).
"to excite to anger," 1670s, from French piquer "to prick, sting" (see pike (n.2)). Softened meaning "to stimulate, excite" is from 1690s. Related: Piqued; piquing.
1884 as a shortening of picture (n.). Short for motion picture from 1936. Colloquial piccy is recorded from 1889.