verb (used with object), piqued, piqu·ing.
verb (used without object), piqued, piqu·ing.
Words nearby pique
Origin of pique1
SYNONYMS FOR pique
OTHER WORDS FROM piqueun·piqued, adjective
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noun, plural pi·qués [pi-keyz, pee-; French pee-key] /pɪˈkeɪz, pi-; French piˈkeɪ/ for 2.
Origin of piqué
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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