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1 [peek]
verb (used with object), piqued, piquing.
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 (oneself) (usually followed by on or upon ).
verb (used without object), piqued, piquing.
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.

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

unpiqued, adjective

1. offend, sting, nettle, vex, irritate, chafe. 2. affront. 3. stimulate, stir, prick, incite, goad.

1. please. 2. compliment.
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pique1 (piːk)
1.  a feeling of resentment or irritation, as from having one's pride wounded
vb (foll by on or upon) , piques, piquing, piqued
2.  to cause to feel resentment or irritation
3.  to excite or arouse
4.  to pride or congratulate (oneself)
[C16: from French, from piquer to prick, sting; see pick1]

pique2 (piːk)
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
2.  to score a pique (against)
[C17: from French pic, of uncertain origin]

piqué (ˈpiːkeɪ)
a close-textured fabric of cotton, silk, or spun rayon woven with lengthwise ribs
[C19: from French piqué pricked, from piquer to prick]

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Word Origin & History

1532, "fit of ill feeling," from M.Fr. pique "a prick, sting, irritation," from O.Fr. (see pike (2)). The verb, in the sense of "to excite to anger" is attested from 1671.
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