- 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, piquing, piqued)Back to top
- 1 [with object] Arouse (interest or curiosity): with his scientific curiosity piqued, he was looking forward to being able to analyse his findMore 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
irritate, annoy, bother, vex, provoke, displease, upset, offend, affront, anger, exasperate, infuriate, gall, irk, get someone's back up, disgruntle, nettle, needle, ruffle, get on someone's nerves, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, rub up the wrong way• informal peeve, aggravate, miff, rile, get, get to, bug, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, hack off, get someone's goat, wind up• vulgar slang piss off• rare exacerbate, hump, rasp
- ‘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: men, who are thought to pique themselves upon their WitMore 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'.
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: a white cotton piqué shirtMore 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 US English dictionary