pique

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1pique

noun \ˈpēk\

: a sudden feeling of annoyance or anger when someone has offended you

Full Definition of PIQUE

:  a transient feeling of wounded vanity :  resentment <a fit of pique>

Examples of PIQUE

  1. After a moment of pique, the senator responded calmly to his accusers.
  2. He slammed the door in a fit of pique.
  3. And yet the democracy flourishing in Taiwan has been greeted in other parts of the Chinese-speaking world with a certain pique, and even with hostility. —Ian Buruma, New Republic, 3 Apr. 2000

Origin of PIQUE

(see 2pique)
First Known Use: 1592

2pique

transitive verb \ˈpēk\

: to cause (curiosity or interest)

: to make (someone) annoyed or angry

piquedpiqu·ing

Full Definition of PIQUE

1
:  to arouse anger or resentment in :  irritate <what piques linguistic conservatives — T. H. Middleton>
2
a :  to excite or arouse especially by a provocation, challenge, or rebuff <sly remarks to pique their curiosity>
b :  pride <he piques himself on his skill as a cook>

Examples of PIQUE

  1. Brightly colored objects pique a baby's interest.
  2. <her seat companion piqued her by repeatedly poking her in the ribs>
  3. The first chorus … stirred my heart, the second piqued my sense of camp and the rest of them had me checking my watch. —David Gates, Newsweek, 4 Mar. 2002

Origin of PIQUE

French piquer, literally, to prick — more at pike
First Known Use: 1669

pi·qué

noun \pi-ˈkā, ˈpē-ˌ\

Definition of PIQUÉ

1
:  a durable ribbed clothing fabric of cotton, rayon, or silk
2
:  decoration of a tortoiseshell or ivory object with inlaid fragments of gold or silver

Variants of PIQUÉ

pi·qué or pi·que \pi-ˈkā, ˈpē-ˌ\

Origin of PIQUÉ

French piqué, from past participle of piquer to prick, quilt
First Known Use: 1852

Rhymes with PIQUÉ

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