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verb (used with object), piqued, piqu·ing.
to affect with sharp irritation and resentment, especially by some wound to pride: She was greatly piqued when they refused her invitation.
to wound (the pride, vanity, etc.).
to excite (interest, curiosity, etc.): Her curiosity was piqued by the gossip.
to arouse an emotion or provoke to action: to pique someone to answer a challenge.
Archaic. to pride (onesel) (usually followed by on or upon).
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.
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Origin of pique1
Other definitions for pique (2 of 3)
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[ pi-key, pee-; French pee-key ]
/ pɪˈkeɪ, pi-; French piˈkeɪ /
noun, plural pi·qués [pi-keyz, pee-; French pee-key] /pɪˈkeɪz, pi-; French piˈkeɪ/ for 2.
a fabric of cotton, spun rayon, or silk, woven lengthwise with raised cords.
Ballet. a step in which the dancer steps onto the tip of the toe without bending the knee.
ornamentation by means of punched or stippled patterns, sometimes inlaid with metal, ivory, tortoise shell, etc.
(of glove seams and gloves) stitched through lapping edges.
decorated with inlay: a piqué box.
Also pi·que [pi-key, pee-;] /pɪˈkeɪ, pi-;/ .
Origin of piqué
1830–40; <French, past participle of piquer “to quilt, prick”; see pique1
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How to use pique in a sentence
The young lady, piquing herself on her constancy, refused her new admirer.The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete|Jean Jacques Rousseau
It is the only part on which I have bestowed much pains, for the difficulty was piquing, not piquant.George Eliot's Life, Vol. I (of 3)|George Eliot
He had evidently recovered his nerve, and seemed to take pleasure in piquing Charlie's bearish suspicions.Pieces of Eight|Richard le Gallienne
The story must have a beginning, concrete, interest-compelling, curiosity-piquing.Picture-Work|Walter L. (Walter Lowrie) Hervey
This was a triumph; and had it come naturally, such a triumph would have been the sweeter to her for this piquing delay.Far from the Madding Crowd|Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for pique (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 pique (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 pique (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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