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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.
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Examples from the Web for piqued
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  • The new school was still far off, however, and in the meantime there was close at hand a problem that piqued him annoyingly.

    The Soul of a Child Edwin Bjorkman
  • And Speranza was at first puzzled, then piqued, then himself madly fascinated.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • And German women began to be piqued at the calm indifference of smart Belgian officers to the favours they might have had.

    Sketches of the East Africa Campaign Robert Valentine Dolbey
  • It was rather their action as a unit which piqued his interest.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • The King, whose curiosity was fired by the maid of honour's reputation, piqued himself on succeeding where his brother had failed.

    Court Beauties of Old Whitehall W. R. H. Trowbridge
  • "I'm not going to talk to you," said Renée in a piqued tone.

    Rene Mauperin Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  • I could see he preferred to discuss the power in the abstract rather than in relation to himself, but my curiosity was piqued.

    The Sixth Sense Stephen McKenna
  • His interest was piqued in consequence, and he was in the mood to dare a good deal.

British Dictionary definitions for piqued

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

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 piqued

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.

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