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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
1525-1535
1525-35; < Middle French pique (noun), piquer (v.) < Vulgar Latin *piccare to pick1; see pickax, pike2, piqué
Related forms
unpiqued, adjective
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.
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  • 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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  • Prediction relay increases comprehension and piques students' interest in the selection they are reading.
  • It piques the curiosity by conjuring visions of what might be at its terminus.
  • The experience can be the event that piques the students interest in learning about this fascinating environment.
  • He was a member of the piques section, a section notorious for its radical views.
British Dictionary definitions for piques

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 piques

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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