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Meaning of PIQUE

Pronunciation:  [adv]peekey, [v]peek, [v]peekei or peek

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  tightly woven fabric with raised cords
  2. [n]  a sudden outburst of anger; "his temper sparked like damp firewood"
  3. [adj]  of textiles; having parallel raised lines
  4. [v]  cause to feel resentment or indignation; "Her tactless remark offended me"

PIQUE is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: corded, irritation, offend, rough, temper, twill, twilled, unsmooth
 See Also: anger, annoyance, chafe, cloth, fabric, material, resent, textile, vexation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pique\, n. (Zo["o]l.)
    The jigger. See {Jigger}.
  2. \Pique\, n. [F., fr. piquer. See {Pike}.]
    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
    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.
  3. \Pique\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Piqued}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Piquing}.] [F. piquer. See {Pike}.]
    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.
    Syn: To offend; displease; irritate; provoke; fret; nettle;
         sting; goad; stimulate.
  4. \Pique\, v. i.
    To cause annoyance or irritation. ``Every ?erse hath
    something in it that piques.'' --Tatler.
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