- A feeling of irritation or resentment resulting from a slight, especially to one’s pride: he left in a fit of piqueMore example sentences
- 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.
verb (piques /pēks/, piquing /ˈpēkiNG/, piqued /pēkt/)Back to top
- 1 [with object] Stimulate (interest or curiosity): you have piqued my curiosity about the manMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 (be piqued) Feel irritated or resentful: she was piqued by his curtnessMore example sentences
- ‘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.
- 3 (pique oneself) • archaic Pride oneself.More example sentences
- He piqued himself on being so with them more than with any one else.
- He piqued himself, indeed, upon his courtesy.
mid 16th century (denoting animosity between two or more people): from French piquer 'prick, irritate'.
Entry from British & World English dictionary
- (In piquet) the scoring of 30 points on declarations and play before one’s opponent scores anything. Compare with repique.
verb (piques, piquing, piqued)[with object] Back to top
mid 17th century: from French pic, from the Old French sense 'stabbing blow', of unknown ultimate origin.
- Stiff fabric, typically cotton, woven in a strongly ribbed or raised pattern.More example sentences
- 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.
mid 19th century: from French, literally 'backstitched', past participle of piquer.
More definitions of piqueDefinition of piqué in:
- The British & World English dictionary