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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 piquing
Historical Examples
  • He had evidently recovered his nerve, and seemed to take pleasure in piquing Charlie's bearish suspicions.

    Pieces of Eight Richard le Gallienne
  • The young lady, piquing herself on her constancy, refused her new admirer.

  • Harry continued her first object for some little time, but soon the idea of piquing him was merely an excuse for coquetry.

  • They seem to have made caricatures of him, piquing themselves, no doubt, upon the durability of the marble in which they worked.

  • He strangely distressed and disturbed her—and this kept puzzling and piquing her curiosity.

    The Southerner Thomas Dixon
  • This was a triumph; and had it come naturally, such a triumph would have been the sweeter to her for this piquing delay.

  • It is the only part on which I have bestowed much pains, for the difficulty was piquing, not piquant.

  • Waiting upon his moods, piquing him, flattering him, feeding his vanity—'charming' him!

    Sylvia's Marriage Upton Sinclair
  • Judkins is rather a dandy than otherwise, piquing himself somewhat on his apparel.

    George Walker at Suez Anthony Trollope
  • There was no assault of the alien nature upon his own, irresistible because so piquing.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for piquing

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 piquing

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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