Pique, v. i. To cause annoyance or irritation. “Every verse hath something in it that piques.”
Pi·qué n. A cotton fabric, figured in the loom, -- used as a dress goods for women and children, and for vestings, etc.
Pique n. Zool. The jigger. See Jigger.
1. A feeling of hurt, vexation, or resentment, awakened by a social slight or injury; irritation of the feelings, as through wounded pride; stinging vexation.
Men take up piques and displeasures. --Dr. H. More.
Wars had arisen . . . upon a personal pique. --De Quincey.
2. Keenly felt desire; a longing.
Though it have the pique, and long,
'Tis still for something in the wrong. --Hudibras.
3. Card Playing In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one.
Syn: -- Displeasure; irritation; grudge; spite.
Usage: Pique, Spite, Grudge. Pique denotes a quick and often transient sense of resentment for some supposed neglect or injury, but it is not marked by malevolence. Spite is a stronger term, denoting settled ill will or malice, with a desire to injure, as the result of extreme irritation. Grudge goes still further, denoting cherished and secret enmity, with an unforgiving spirit. A pique is usually of recent date; a grudge is that which has long subsisted; spite implies a disposition to cross or vex others.
Pique, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Piqued p. pr. & vb. n. Piquing ]
1. To wound the pride of; to sting; to nettle; to irritate; to fret; to offend; to excite to anger.
Pique her, and soothe in turn. --Byron.
2. To excite to action by causing resentment or jealousy; to stimulate; to prick; as, to pique ambition, or curiosity.
3. To pride or value; -- used reflexively.
Men . . . pique themselves upon their skill. --Locke.
Syn: -- To offend; displease; irritate; provoke; fret; nettle; sting; goad; stimulate.
n 1: tightly woven fabric with raised cords
2: a sudden outburst of anger; "his temper sparked like damp
firewood" [syn: temper, irritation]
v : cause to feel resentment or indignation; "Her tactless
remark offended me" [syn: offend]