[ peek ]
/ pik /

verb (used with object), piqued, piqu·ing.

verb (used without object), piqued, piqu·ing.

to arouse pique in someone: an action that piqued when it was meant to soothe.


a feeling of irritation or resentment, as from a wound to pride or self-esteem: to be in a pique.
Obsolete. a state of irritated feeling between persons.

Origin of pique

1525–35; < Middle French pique (noun), piquer (v.) < Vulgar Latin *piccare to pick1; see pickax, pike2, piqué

Related forms

un·piqued, adjective

Can be confused

peak peek pique piqué
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British Dictionary definitions for piqued (1 of 3)


/ (piːk) /


a feeling of resentment or irritation, as from having one's pride wounded

verb piques, piquing or piqued (tr)

to cause to feel resentment or irritation
to excite or arouse
(foll by on or upon) to pride or congratulate (oneself)

Word Origin for pique

C16: from French, from piquer to prick, sting; see pick 1

British Dictionary definitions for piqued (2 of 3)


/ (piːk) piquet /


a score of 30 points made by a player from a combination of cards held before play begins and from play while his opponent's score is nil


to score a pique (against)

Word Origin for pique

C17: from French pic, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for piqued (3 of 3)


/ (ˈpiːkeɪ) /


a close-textured fabric of cotton, silk, or spun rayon woven with lengthwise ribs

Word Origin for piqué

C19: from French piqué pricked, from piquer to prick
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