So your interest is piqued, but then how did you convince Marvel to hand you the keys?
Her curiosity was piqued, and she began a nearly decade-long critical review of the research on dietary fat.
1530s, "fit of ill feeling," from Middle French pique "a prick, sting, irritation," noun of action from piquer (see pike (n.2)).
"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.