American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A state of vexation caused by a perceived slight or indignity; a feeling of wounded pride.
- v. To cause to feel resentment or indignation.
- v. To provoke; arouse: The portrait piqued her curiosity.
- v. To pride (oneself): He piqued himself on his stylish attire.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A point or peak.
- n. A point of conduct; punctilio.
- n. A blind tick, Argas nigra, capable of causing painful sores on cattle and men. See Argas.
- n. The jigger, chigoe, or chique. See Sarcopsylla.
- n. 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.
- To win a pique from. See pique, n., 4.
- To sting, in a figurative sense; nettle; irritate; offend; fret; excite a degree of anger in.
- To stimulate or excite to action by arousing envy, jealousy, or other passion in a somewhat slight degree.
- Reflexively, to pride or value (one's self).
- Synonyms To displease, vex, provoke. See pique, n.
- n. A quarrel; dispute; strife.
- n. A feeling of anger, irritation, displeasure, or resentment arising from wounded pride, vanity, or self-love; wounded pride; slight umbrage or offense taken.
- n. 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.
- n. A durable ribbed fabric made from cotton, rayon, or silk.
- n. A chigger or jigger, Tunga penetrans.
- n. In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one.
- n. A feeling of enmity between two entities; ill-feeling, animosity; a transient feeling of wounded pride.
- n. A feeling of irritation or resentment, awakened by a social slight or injury; offence, especially taken in an emotional sense with little thought or consideration.
- v. transitive To wound the pride of; to sting; to nettle; to irritate; to fret; to excite to anger.
- v. reflexive To take pride in; to pride oneself on.
- v. transitive To excite (someone) to action by causing resentment or jealousy; to stimulate (a feeling, emotion); to offend by slighting.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The jigger. See jigger.
- n. A feeling of hurt, vexation, or resentment, awakened by a social slight or injury; irritation of the feelings, as through wounded pride; stinging vexation.
- n. Keenly felt desire; a longing.
- n. (Card Playing) In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one.
- v. To wound the pride of; to sting; to nettle; to irritate; to fret; to offend; to excite to anger.
- v. To excite to action by causing resentment or jealousy; to stimulate; to prick.
- v. To pride or value; -- used reflexively.
- v. To cause annoyance or irritation.
- n. tightly woven fabric with raised cords
- v. cause to feel resentment or indignation
- n. a sudden outburst of anger
- Middle French pique ("a prick, sting"), from Old French pic ("a sharp point"). Etymological twin to pike ("long pointed weapon"). (Wiktionary)
- French, a prick, irritation, from Old French, from piquer, to prick, from Vulgar Latin *piccāre, ultimately of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As to ----, your doing anything in 'pique' is quite unworthy of you, and it only recoils on yourself; the harder we strike, whether in revenge or justice, it comes back upon ourselves with far more pain than we have wished to inflict.”
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“The line from the Clinton aide about McCain, in retrospect, breaking with his party in 2000-2 because of personal pique is interesting.”
“The spade, or pique as it was known in France where it originated, probably evolved from the German leaf, although the word pique means sword.”
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