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pique1

[peek] /pik/
verb (used with object), piqued, piquing.
1.
to affect with sharp irritation and resentment, especially by some wound to pride:
She was greatly piqued when they refused her invitation.
2.
to wound (the pride, vanity, etc.).
3.
to excite (interest, curiosity, etc.):
Her curiosity was piqued by the gossip.
4.
to arouse an emotion or provoke to action:
to pique someone to answer a challenge.
5.
Archaic. to pride (oneself) (usually followed by on or upon).
verb (used without object), piqued, piquing.
6.
to arouse pique in someone:
an action that piqued when it was meant to soothe.
noun
7.
a feeling of irritation or resentment, as from a wound to pride or self-esteem:
to be in a pique.
8.
Obsolete. a state of irritated feeling between persons.
Origin of pique1
1525-1535
1525-35; < Middle French pique (noun), piquer (v.) < Vulgar Latin *piccare to pick1; see pickax, pike2, piqué
Related forms
unpiqued, adjective
Can be confused
peak, peek, pique, piqué.
Synonyms
1. offend, sting, nettle, vex, irritate, chafe. 2. affront. 3. stimulate, stir, prick, incite, goad.
Antonyms
1. please. 2. compliment.

pique2

[peek] /pik/
noun, Piquet.
1.
pic2 .

pique3

[pi-key, pee-] /pɪˈkeɪ, pi-/
noun, adjective
1.

piqué

[pi-key, pee-; French pee-key] /pɪˈkeɪ, pi-; French piˈkeɪ/
noun, plural piqués
[pi-keyz, pee-; French pee-key] /pɪˈkeɪz, pi-; French piˈkeɪ/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
1.
a fabric of cotton, spun rayon, or silk, woven lengthwise with raised cords.
2.
Ballet. a step in which the dancer steps onto the tip of the toe without bending the knee.
3.
ornamentation by means of punched or stippled patterns, sometimes inlaid with metal, ivory, tortoise shell, etc.
adjective
4.
(of glove seams and gloves) stitched through lapping edges.
5.
decorated with inlay:
a piqué box.
Also, pique.
Origin
1830-40; < French, past participle of piquer to quilt, prick; see pique1
Can be confused
peak, peek, pique, piqué.

pic2

or pique

[peek] /pik/
noun, Piquet.
1.
the scoring of 30 points in the declaration of hands and in the play before one's opponent scores a point.
2.
the bonus of 30 points won for so scoring.
Compare repic.
Origin
< French: literally, prick
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  • When you married Reginald Maitland, it was not because you loved him, but to gratify a feeling of pique.

    By Force of Impulse Harry V. Vogt
  • Only, you oughtn't to pique a curiosity you don't mean to satisfy.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • But whoever delineates so must suffer no distorting tints of pique, or spite, or prejudice on his palate.

  • And now she's older and has got over her pique, she sees what she has lost.

  • Was it because Creighton had gone off with her money, or was it pique because Mrs. Barry had, perhaps, won him?

    The Social Gangster Arthur B. Reeve
British Dictionary definitions for pique

pique1

/piːk/
noun
1.
a feeling of resentment or irritation, as from having one's pride wounded
verb (transitive) piques, piquing, piqued
2.
to cause to feel resentment or irritation
3.
to excite or arouse
4.
foll by on or upon. to pride or congratulate (oneself)
Word Origin
C16: from French, from piquer to prick, sting; see pick1

pique2

/piːk/
noun
1.
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
verb
2.
to score a pique (against)
Word Origin
C17: from French pic, of uncertain origin

pic

/pɪk/
noun (pl) pics, pix
1.
(informal) a photograph, picture, or illustration
Word Origin
C20: shortened from picture

piqué

/ˈpiːkeɪ/
noun
1.
a close-textured fabric of cotton, silk, or spun rayon woven with lengthwise ribs
Word Origin
C19: from French piqué pricked, from piquer to prick
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Word Origin and History for pique
n.

1530s, "fit of ill feeling," from Middle French pique "a prick, sting, irritation," noun of action from piquer (see pike (n.2)).

v.

"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.

pic

n.

1884 as a shortening of picture (n.). Short for motion picture from 1936. Colloquial piccy is recorded from 1889.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pique

pic

noun

A picture, and later esp a movie; flick: Raft's next pic (1884+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for pique

pic

[motion] picture

PIC

1.
Pictor (constellation)
2.
pressurized ion chamber
3.
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