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pique

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noun \ˈpēk\

Definition of pique

  1. :  a transient feeling of wounded vanity :  resentment a fit of pique

Examples of pique in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. … when a beast that weighs 1,200 pounds goes crazy with some kind of stupid pique or jealousy in a room not much bigger than the handicapped stall in the Denver airport men's room, bad things will happen … —Hunter S. Thompson, Rolling Stone, 15 Dec. 1994

  3. He hit balls toward the umpire's chair and out of the stadium: he spat water toward the umpire on changeovers; and in still greater fits of pique, he broke three rackets. —Jamie Diaz, Sports Illustrated, 2 Mar. 1987

  4. After a moment of pique, the senator responded calmly to his accusers.

  5. He slammed the door in a fit of pique.

Origin and Etymology of pique

see 2pique


First Known Use: 1551

Synonym Discussion of pique

offense, resentment, umbrage, pique, dudgeon, huff mean an emotional response to or an emotional state resulting from a slight or indignity. offense implies hurt displeasure. takes deep offense at racial slurs resentment suggests lasting indignation or ill will. harbored a lifelong resentment of his brother umbrage may suggest hurt pride, resentment, or suspicion of another's motives. took umbrage at the offer of advice pique applies to a transient feeling of wounded vanity. in a pique I foolishly declined the invitation dudgeon suggests an angry fit of indignation. stormed out of the meeting in high dudgeon huff implies a peevish short-lived spell of anger usually at a petty cause. in a huff he slammed the door

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pique

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verb \ˈpēk\

Definition of pique

piqued

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piquing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to arouse anger or resentment in :  irritate what piques linguistic conservatives — T. H. Middleton

  3. 2a :  to excite or arouse especially by a provocation, challenge, or rebuff sly remarks to pique their curiosityb :  pride he piques himself on his skill as a cook

Examples of pique in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. The posthumous revelation of Cheever's alcoholism, numerous infidelities and bisexuality may have piqued interest precisely because he presented himself so earnestly as the Man in the Brooks Brothers Suit. —Mary Gordon, New York Times Book Review, 6 Oct. 1991

  3. Some environments worry that the natural behavior patterns of whales are being altered by tourist boats that pique the animals' curiosity. —Jack McCallum, Sports Illustrated, 21 Aug. 1989

  4. In case your interest is being piqued just an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny … bit, the Davis Cup will confuse you totally by calling every competition between contending teams a “tie.” —Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated, 11 Apr. 1988

  5. Brightly colored objects pique a baby's interest.

  6. her seat companion piqued her by repeatedly poking her in the ribs

Origin and Etymology of pique

French piquer, literally, to prick — more at pike


First Known Use: 1669

Synonym Discussion of pique

provoke, excite, stimulate, pique, quicken mean to arouse as if by pricking. provoke directs attention to the response called forth. my stories usually provoke laughter excite implies a stirring up or moving profoundly. news that excited anger and frustration stimulate suggests a rousing out of lethargy, quiescence, or indifference. stimulating conversation pique suggests stimulating by mild irritation or challenge. that remark piqued my interest quicken implies beneficially stimulating and making active or lively. the high salary quickened her desire to have the job

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piqué

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noun pi·qué \pi-ˈkā, ˈpē-ˌkā\
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pique

Definition of piqué

  1. 1 :  a durable ribbed clothing fabric of cotton, rayon, or silk

  2. 2 :  decoration of a tortoiseshell or ivory object with inlaid fragments of gold or silver

Origin and Etymology of piqué

French piqué, from past participle of piquer to prick, quilt


First Known Use: 1852


PIQUE Defined for English Language Learners

pique

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noun

Definition of pique for English Language Learners

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

pique

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Definition of pique for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (curiosity or interest)

  • : to make (someone) annoyed or angry


PIQUE Defined for Kids

pique

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verb \ˈpēk\

Definition of pique for Students

piqued

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piquing

  1. 1 :  to stir up :  excite The package piqued my curiosity.

  2. 2 :  to make annoyed or angry



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