Main definitions of pique in English

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pique1

noun

mass noun
  • A feeling of irritation or resentment resulting from a slight, especially to one's pride.

    ‘he left in a fit of pique’
    • ‘So I think senior colleagues made the wrong decision - but I can't say they made the decision in a fit of pique or envy.’
    • ‘They left two-weeks ago after selling their house in a fit of pique over the fact that their grandchildren were not welcome in the complex's communal backyard.’
    • ‘The president, apparently in a fit of pique, in October abruptly postpones a long-planned summit with Britain.’
    • ‘Better, I suppose, that I flame on about flaming out, rather than just quit in a fit of pique after biting my tongue bloody for a month.’
    • ‘That's worse than having him blurt out some threats in a fit of pique, he actually thought he could bring New Europe to heel.’
    • ‘Are Europeans going on a buyer's strike in a fit of pique over Iraq?’
    • ‘It was then that in a fit of pique, the deputy smoked three cigarettes in the bar as a ‘protest’.’
    • ‘Keel killed the pay-raise bill with a last-minute point of order in a fit of pique.’
    • ‘Speaking at a Belfast news conference, Mr Ervine denied that his party had left the talks in a fit of pique.’
    • ‘Last night, in a fit of pique, just to show me up for a liar, she took her first steps with the cane.’
    • ‘President Theodore Roosevelt, who in a fit of pique coined the term ‘muckraking’, called him a potent influence for evil.’
    • ‘I may, in a fit of pique, for no apparent reason that either of us can see, have ‘stuffed’ these carrots behind the water pipes.’
    • ‘To leave now would suggest that he'd gone in a fit of pique.’
    • ‘Certainly in France it was an educated decision: it was not one taken in a fit of pique or absent-mindedness.’
    • ‘She abused passengers and crew then stripped off in a fit of pique.’
    • ‘What exasperated driver hasn't wanted to scream at the person in the passenger seat and snatch the map in a fit of pique?’
    • ‘That way, when you've done the deed, your spurned lover can't burn your stuff in a fit of pique.’
    • ‘Some have accused Stoiber of deliberately trying to sabotage Merkel in a fit of pique at her rapid rise.’
    • ‘Of course it didn't happen and I went out in a fit of pique in the next hand.’
    • ‘They have invested too much in this season to throw it away in a fit of pique.’
    irritation, annoyance, resentment, anger, displeasure, indignation, temper, bad temper, hurt pride, wounded pride, hurt feelings, wounded feelings, petulance, ill humour, peevishness, offence, umbrage, vexation, exasperation, disgruntlement, discontent, discontentment
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verbpiques, piquing, piqued

  • 1with object Arouse (interest or curiosity)

    ‘with his scientific curiosity piqued, he was looking forward to being able to analyse his find’
    • ‘Curiosity piqued my harbored interest and I stole a glance at myself, to see what others saw of me.’
    • ‘This piques my scientific curiosity and I make a mental note to ask my rather strange-looking hostess about it.’
    • ‘Even those with only a passing interest in the subject matter should find something to pique their curiosity within.’
    • ‘Event planners aim to give those varied interests plenty to pique their partiality.’
    • ‘When she was in high school, Lisa Pietrusza took a social studies course that piqued her curiosity about politics.’
    • ‘But our little dialogue is supposed to pique people's interest.’
    • ‘The other guys will notice how much those guys enjoy your company - it might pique their interest.’
    • ‘Hopefully with the press we'll pique some people's interest and they'll come see what it's all about.’
    • ‘It's something that piques people's interest.’
    • ‘Of course this time it's ‘Chinese-Canadian’ Gen-X angst that piques my interest.’
    • ‘I mean, it's action and it piques people's interest but beforehand we were worried that there wasn't really enough going on.’
    • ‘Well, all right - it's not exactly a Thanksgiving story that warms your heart… or even piques your interest.’
    • ‘But in addition to the election-oriented questions, there were some other answers that piqued my interest.’
    • ‘It is the tax relief measures, however, that would most pique the interest of the public.’
    • ‘She says yes, and adds ‘I suppose when my scientific curiosity is piqued, I lose all fear.’’
    • ‘Plenty of other would-be candidates, however, are piquing the interest of municipal veterans.’
    • ‘Yet he should be chuffed at how history is filling our newspapers, sparking debate, piquing our interest.’
    • ‘If that sort of bluntness piques your interest, then the debut LP from Milwaukee's finest is made for you.’
    • ‘When some information is revealed about somebody, what piques your interest?’
    • ‘But when they wrote about ‘little Gong Li,’ it piqued interest.’
    stimulate, arouse, rouse, provoke, whet, awaken, excite, kindle, stir, spur, intrigue, galvanize
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  • 2be piquedFeel irritated or resentful.

    ‘she was piqued by his curtness’
    • ‘‘Play it yourself then,’ said Liszt, rising from the piano, rather piqued.’
    • ‘So eggheaded am I about much of what I watch, I was rather piqued that I couldn't have both sets of subtitles on the screen at the same time.’
    • ‘‘I can still ride okay,’ he said, sounding piqued.’
    • ‘The nub of the problem is the term District which allows clubs to transfer every season if they wish and move simply because of personality clashes or piqued perhaps at disciplinary decision.’
    • ‘The management finally took up the matter with the Housing Minister, M.C. Sampath, who apparently felt piqued at the official attitude.’
    • ‘Since it's now 11 pm, I'm a bit piqued at wasting an entire evening.’
    • ‘Turns out that swingers are just like the rest of us: happy to bury their heads in the bush and then become piqued at people's lack of honesty in retrospect.’
    • ‘If they ask Congress for more troops and more money, will the American people not get a bit piqued and take it out on their President?’
    • ‘They may be even more piqued to find that Jim Wallace knew of the First Minister's heart problem three days before any of Dewar's Labour colleagues.’
    • ‘One does attempt to make the government actually represent us by demonstrating and the like, but Aaronovitch seems to get piqued when people do that.’
    • ‘It doesn't bother me now, but for years I have to say I was a bit piqued at the lack of ceremony surrounding my arrival.’
    • ‘However, what the promoters feel piqued about, is the brand value of Colorplus mentioned in the report.’
    • ‘He never touched her: until one night, piqued that he hadn't made a move, she climbed over the bolster herself.’
    • ‘I was a bit piqued because I wanted to be known as the funny student.’
    • ‘Broughan is hardly alone in feeling piqued at the dearth of vision amongst the suits at Queen Margaret Drive.’
    • ‘Like when Maradona went in a huff with Pele, piqued at not getting player of the 20th century.’
    • ‘And she really looked a bit piqued, and I said, ‘What's up?’’
    • ‘Apparently piqued, the NYSE gave the report to Grasso and to the media, which soon put it online, giving it to the rest of the world, too.’
    • ‘Kelley, piqued, took her purse from him, setting the teacup carefully down.’
    • ‘He was a little piqued when I brought it back with a few bullet holes, the antenna shot off and one rudder cable severed.’
    irritate, annoy, bother, vex, provoke, displease, upset, offend, affront, anger, exasperate, infuriate, gall, irk, get someone's back up, disgruntle, nettle, needle, ruffle, get on someone's nerves, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, rub up the wrong way
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  • 3pique oneselfarchaic Pride oneself.

    ‘men, who are thought to pique themselves upon their Wit’
    • ‘He piqued himself on being so with them more than with any one else.’
    • ‘He piqued himself, indeed, upon his courtesy.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (denoting animosity between two or more people): from French piquer ‘prick, irritate’.

Pronunciation

pique

/piːk/

Main definitions of pique in English

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pique2

noun

  • (in piquet) the scoring of 30 points on declarations and play before one's opponent scores anything.

    ‘A player who scores 30 in declarations and play before his opponent scores anything gains a pique, which is worth 30 extra.’
    Compare with repique

verbpiques, piquing, piqued

[with object]
  • Score a pique against (one's opponent).

Origin

Mid 17th century from French pic, from the Old French sense ‘stabbing blow’, of unknown ultimate origin.

Pronunciation

pique

/piːk/

Main definitions of piqué in English

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piqué3

noun

mass noun
  • Stiff fabric, typically cotton, woven in a strongly ribbed or raised pattern.

    ‘a white cotton piqué shirt’
    • ‘Bloomies' spring hats range from fun and practical (how about a red Lacoste rain hat or a pink cotton piqué cap?) to stylish straws and felts.’
    • ‘Pink Lacoste or Ralph Lauren piqué polo shirts were probably the biggest sellers and they reflected the image of a distinguished and well-mannered preppy boy.’
    • ‘Whether you're going to work or hitting hole-in-ones with your buddies, polo piqué T-shirts are where it's at.’
    • ‘Wear them to your next polo match with a polo piqué, a fine pair of khakis and your boat shoes.’

Origin

Mid 19th century from French, literally ‘backstitched’, past participle of piquer.

Pronunciation

piqué

/ˈpiːkeɪ/