Definition of Pique

1. Noun. Tightly woven fabric with raised cords.

Generic synonyms: Cloth, Fabric, Material, Textile



2. Verb. Cause to feel resentment or indignation. "The performance is likely to pique Sue"; "Her tactless remark offended me"
Exact synonyms: Offend
Causes: Resent
Generic synonyms: Anger
Derivative terms: Offence, Offensive, Offensive

3. Noun. A sudden outburst of anger. "His temper sparked like damp firewood"
Exact synonyms: Irritation, Temper
Generic synonyms: Annoyance, Chafe, Vexation
Derivative terms: Irritate, Temper

Definition of Pique

1. n. The jigger. See Jigger.

2. 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.

3. v. t. To wound the pride of; to sting; to nettle; to irritate; to fret; to offend; to excite to anger.

4. v. i. To cause annoyance or irritation.

Definition of Pique

1. Noun. A feeling of enmity between two entities; ill-feeling, animosity; a transient feeling of wounded pride. ¹

2. Noun. 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. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To wound the pride of; to sting; to nettle; to irritate; to fret; to excite to anger. ¹

4. Verb. (reflexive) To take pride (term in); to pride oneself (term on). ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To excite (someone) to action by causing resentment or jealousy; to stimulate (a feeling, emotion); to offend by slighting. ¹

6. Noun. In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one. ¹

7. Noun. A chigger or jigger, ''Tunga penetrans''; ¹

8. Noun. A durable ribbed fabric made from cotton, rayon, or silk. ¹

9. Noun. A kind of ribbed or corded fabric. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pique

1. to arouse anger or resentment in [v PIQUED, PIQUING, PIQUES]

Medical Definition of Pique

1. 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. In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one. Synonym: Displeasure, irritation, grudge, spite. 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. Origin: F, fr. Piquer. See Pike. The jigger. See Jigger. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pique

pipsissewas
pipsqueak
pipsqueaks
pipsyl
pipul
pipuls
pipy
piquance
piquances
piquancies
piquancy
piquant
piquantly
piquantness
piquantnesses
pique (current term)
piqued
piqueer
piqueered
piqueerer
piqueerers
piqueering
piqueers
piques
piquet
piqueted
piqueting
piquets
piquillo
piquillos

Literary usage of Pique

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1. The Victor Book of the Opera by Henry William Simon (1915)
"The story of "pique Dame" is a melodramatic one, full of superstition and tragedy. The Queen of Spades (pique Dame], is an elderly countess who possesses ..."

2. The London Magazine by John Scott, John Taylor (1827)
"Captain Faulknor was on a cruise off Pointe-à-Pitre, a harbour in Grande- Terre, Guadaloupe, in which lay the pique ready for sea. (January 1795. ..."

3. The Victrola Book of the Opera: Stories of the Operas with Illustrations by Samuel Holland Rous, Victor Talking Machine Company (1921)
"Time and Place: St. Petersburg; Eighteenth Century THE story of "pique Dame" ... The Queen of Spades (pique Dame), \s an elderly countess who possesses the ..."

4. The Standard Operas, Their Plots and Their Music by George Putnam Upton (1914)
"Dame de pique " Dame de pique " (" Queen of Spades ") was first produced in Moscow in 1890, three years before the composer's death, and for the first time ..."

5. Proceedings: Comptes-rendus (1901)
"Sur 8 coups, par exemple, le sujet rencontre juste une fois (10 de pique), approche une fois du but (valet de cœur au lieu de roi de cœur), s'en écarte un ..."

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