pique

1 [peek]
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:
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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pique

2 [peek]
noun Piquet.
pic2.

pique

3 [pi-key, pee-]
noun, adjective

piqué

[pi-key, pee-; French pee-key]
noun, plural piqués [pi-keyz, pee-; French pee-key] , 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

peak, peek, pique, piqué.
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pique1 (piːk)
 
n
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)
 
n
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
 
vb
2.  to score a pique (against)
 
[C17: from French pic, of uncertain origin]

piqué (ˈpiːkeɪ)
 
n
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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pique
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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Example sentences
Designing nuclear weapons piques their scientific curiosity.
Scroll through events by flicking sideways, and if one piques your interest,
  you can click on it to get more information.
The game piques her curiosity and she pursues further research on the animals
  on her own.
It piques my interest and makes my choices more instinctive and fresh.
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