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pique

Pronunciation: /piːk/

Translation of pique in Spanish:

noun/nombre

uncountable/no numerable
  • despecho (masculine), resentimiento (masculine) he only said that in a fit of pique lo dijo solo por despecho
    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.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (irritate) he was piqued by her lack of interest se resintió por su falta de interés, su falta de interés lo hirió en su orgullo 1.2 (arouse) [curiosity] picar*; [interest] despertar*

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