• WordNet 3.6
    • v pique cause to feel resentment or indignation "Her tactless remark offended me"
    • n pique tightly woven fabric with raised cords
    • n pique a sudden outburst of anger "his temper sparked like damp firewood"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Piqué A cotton fabric, figured in the loom, -- used as a dress goods for women and children, and for vestings, etc.
    • Pique 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.""Wars had arisen . . . upon a personal pique ."
    • Pique (Card Playing) In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one.
    • Pique Keenly felt desire; a longing. "Though it have the pique , and long,
      'Tis still for something in the wrong."
    • n Pique (Zoöl) The jigger. See Jigger.
    • v. i Pique To cause annoyance or irritation. "Every verse hath something in it that piques ."
    • Pique To excite to action by causing resentment or jealousy; to stimulate; to prick; as, to pique ambition, or curiosity.
    • Pique To pride or value; -- used reflexively. "Men . . . pique themselves upon their skill."
    • Pique 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pique A point or peak.
    • n pique A point of conduct; punctilio.
    • n pique A blind tick, Argas nigra, capable of causing painful sores on cattle and men. See Argas.
    • n pique The jigger, chigoe, or chique. See Sarcopsylla.
    • n pique In the game of piquet, the winning of thirty points before one's opponent scores at all in the same deal, entitling the winner to add thirty more to his score.
    • pique To win a pique from. See pique, n., 4.
    • pique To sting, in a figurative sense; nettle; irritate; offend; fret; excite a degree of anger in.
    • pique To stimulate or excite to action by arousing envy, jealousy, or other passion in a somewhat slight degree.
    • pique Reflexively, to pride or value (one's self).
    • pique Synonyms To displease, vex, provoke. See pique, n.
    • n pique A quarrel; dispute; strife.
    • n pique A feeling of anger, irritation, displeasure, or resentment arising from wounded pride, vanity, or self-love; wounded pride; slight umbrage or offense taken.
    • n pique Synonyms Pique and umbrage differ from the words compared under animosily (which see) in that they are not necessarily or generally attended by a desire to injure the person toward whom the feeling is entertained. They are both purely personal. Pique is more likely to be a matter of injured self-respect or self-conceit; it is a quick feeling, and is more fugitive in character. Umbrage is founded upon the idea of being thrown into the shade or overshadowed; hence, it has the sense of offense at being slighted or not sufficiently recognized; it is indefinite as to the strength or the permanence of the feeling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pique pēk an offence taken: a feeling of anger or vexation caused by wounded pride: spite: nicety: punctilio
    • v.t Pique to wound the pride of: to offend: to pride or value (one's self):—pr.p. piq′uing; pa.t. and pa.p. piqued
    • n Pique pē-kā′ a heavy cotton fabric having a surface corded or with a raised lozenge pattern: a similar pattern produced by quilting with the needle
    • n Pique in piquet, the scoring of 30 points in one hand before the other side scores at all
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Fit of pique - If someone reacts badly because their pride is hurt, this is a fit of pique.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. piquer,. See Pike
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

It is not too much to say that I was piqued to the tonsils.
"Right Ho, Jeeves" by P. G. Wodehouse
He was easily piqued, and quickly showed it.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XI" by John Lord
She felt that she sparkled too much, was piqued, and dismissed her lord.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Oct. 17, 1917" by Various
Patty, unable to account for this fresh change of manner, was piqued, and ready to revenge herself in a hundred little ways.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume V." by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
He was evidently piqued in not having received as much as he expected.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
I mean, of course, the element of pique.
"No Hero" by E.W. Hornung
This astounding piece of news swept away the feeble barrier Genevra would have erected in her pique.
"The Man From Brodney's" by George Barr McCutcheon
He named the wage of the two pupils in a tone of disgruntled awe that piqued them pleasantly but did not otherwise impress.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
For three consecutive days Mrs. Ffinch-Brown swooped down upon the Robson household and gave vent to her pique.
"The Blood Red Dawn" by Charles Caldwell Dobie
Is piqued to death at her proud refusal of him.
"Clarissa, Volume 7" by Samuel Richardson

In poetry:

Laughing girl, and thoughtful woman,
I am puzzled how to woo —
Shall I praise, or pique her, Lily?
Tell me what to do.
"The Lily Confidante" by Henry Timrod
Of murder, and of robb'ry I accus'd
Persons, whose innocence was fully known,
And with foul slanders either sex abus'd,
Out of mere pique, and wickedness alone.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
Then the "Blanche" made sail and bore away
In the direction of the "Pique" without delay;
And Captain Fauikner cried, "Now, my lads, bear down on him,
And make ready quickly and begin."
"An All-Night Sea Fight" by William Topaz McGonagall
And the "Blanche's" crew without dismay
Fired a broadside into the "Pique" without delay,
Which raked her fore and aft, and knocked her to smash,
And the mizzen mast fell overboard with a terrible crash.
"An All-Night Sea Fight" by William Topaz McGonagall
Yet the crew of the "Pique" maintained the fight,
Oh! most courageously they fought in the dead of night;
And for two hours they kept up firing without dismay,
But it was a sacrifice of human life, they had to give way.
"An All-Night Sea Fight" by William Topaz McGonagall
The crew was very sorry for their captain's downfall,
But the sight didn't their brave hearts appall;
Because they fastened the ropes to the "Pique" at the capstan,
And the "Pique" was dragged after the "Blanche," the sight was grand.
"An All-Night Sea Fight" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Wade's interest has been piqued since his young son starting playing the game.
Barcelona has five candidates for four places in the lineup: Dani Alves, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano and Jordi Alba.
She said the find has piqued the boys' interest in science and bones .
The singer shared an intimate photo of her bare baby bump while snuggling with her boyfriend and baby daddy, soccer star Gerard Pique, and she looks absolutely adorbs.
SEALs' canine commando piques interest in war dogs.
Wrestling state prelims Cortez , Pique to meet for 113-pound title.
Jonathan Hawkins interest in Oviedo piqued by British journalist Sid Lowe.
Chris Quinn's Walkout: Pique Or Politesse.
That certainly piqued my interest.
He wrote on anything and everything that piqued his curiosity.
Here's two more things to do if nothing in this week's Gazette piqued your fancy.
Evidence of Flowing Water on Mars Piques Interest of Biologists Observing "Curiosity" Mission.
My interest was piqued by the question from D.G.
Overture (aka: the "Pique Dame" Overture).
If you like your psychedelia served in analog grit and puddles of reverb, the fresh output of the San Francisco underground should definitely pique your interest.

In science:

The result is extremely stable receivers: the 1/f knee of the PIQUE polarimeter was undetectable with measurements out to time scales of days.
Experimental CMB Status and Prospects: A Report from Snowmass 2001
The PIQUE and POLAR experiments are the first to demonstrate that systematic effects can be controlled to the few µK level for polarization measurements.
Experimental CMB Status and Prospects: A Report from Snowmass 2001
The strongest upper limits on polarization are at the roughly 10 µK level from the POLAR experiment at large angular scales and the PIQUE and COMPASS experiments at smaller scales.
Cosmic Background Radiation Mini-Review
The strongest upper limits on polarization are at the roughly 10 µK level from the POLAR experiment at large angular scales and the PIQUE , COMPASS and CBI experiments at smaller scales.
Cosmic Microwave Background Mini-Review
Following DASI, other experiments have claimed EE detection; CAPMAP, an evolution of the PIQUE system , using coherent HEMT receivers at 100 GHz coupled to a large dish to achieve high (3.6’) angular resolution, has reported marginal (2.3 σ) detection of EE .
The CMB polarization: status and prospects