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pique 1

Syllabification: pique

noun

A feeling of irritation or resentment resulting from a slight, especially to one’s pride: he left in a fit of pique
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  • 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.
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verb (piquespēks, piquingˈpēkiNG, piquedpēkt)

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1 [with object] Stimulate (interest or curiosity): you have piqued my curiosity about the man
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  • 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.
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2 (be piqued) Feel irritated or resentful: she was piqued by his curtness
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  • ‘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.
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3 (pique oneself) archaic Pride oneself.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

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pique 2 Line breaks: pique

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noun

(In piquet) the scoring of 30 points on declarations and play before one’s opponent scores anything. Compare with repique.

verb (piques, piquing, piqued)

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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.

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piqué 3 Syllabification: pi·qué
Pronunciation: /pēˈkā/ /pi-/

noun

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

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French, literally 'backstitched', past participle of piquer.

Words that rhyme with piqué

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