verb (used with object), piqued, piqu·ing.
verb (used without object), piqued, piqu·ing.
Origin of pique1
Synonyms for pique
Antonyms for pique
noun, plural pi·qués [pi-keyz, pee-; French pee-key] /pɪˈkeɪz, pi-; French piˈkeɪ/ for 2.
Origin of piqué
Origin of pic2
Related Words for piqueannoyance, displeasure, annoy, ignite, irk, displease, excite, irritate, gall, rile, arouse, incense, whet, offend, kindle, stimulate, galvanize, provocation, tiff, ruckus
Examples from the Web for pique
Contemporary Examples of 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
This loud display of pique lasted about a week before Fallin quietly reversed herself.Mary Fallin’s Killer Fiasco
May 1, 2014
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
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
January 8, 2012
The pique will fade in time, but it will inhibit diplomacy for a while.WikiLeaks’ Harmful New Dump
August 31, 2011
Historical Examples of pique
He was used to dealing with pique in women, and had found it the most manageable of weaknesses.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Only, you oughtn't to pique a curiosity you don't mean to satisfy.'Wilfrid Cumbermede
Do they pique themselves upon their courage, their gallantry, and their adventure?Imogen
When I quit her Majesty's service it will be neither for pique nor for love.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas
"Surely these gentlemen are scarcely so very anxious about me," said I, in some pique.That Boy Of Norcott's
Charles James Lever
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.