Definitions of pique

  1. a sudden outburst of anger; " his temper sparked like damp firewood"
  2. cause to feel resentment or indignation; " Her tactless remark offended me"
  3. tightly woven fabric with raised cords
  4. of textiles; having parallel raised lines
  5. The jigger. See Jigger.
  6. A feeling of hurt, vexation, or resentment, awakened by a social slight or injury; irritation of the feelings, as through wounded pride; stinging vexation.
  7. Keenly felt desire; a longing.
  8. In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one.
  9. To excite to action by causing resentment or jealousy; to stimulate; to prick; as, to pique ambition, or curiosity.
  10. To cause annoyance or irritation.
  11. A cotton fabric, figured in the loom, - used as a dress goods for women and children, and for vestings, etc.
  12. To pride or value; - used reflexively.
  13. Slight anger or resentment; wounded pride.
  14. To wound the pride of; irritate; displease; to pride or value ( oneself); as, to pique oneself on doing something very well; to stir or prick; as, to pique the curiosity.
  15. An offence taken: wounded pride: spite: nicety: punctilio.
  16. To wound the pride of: to offend: to pride or value ( one's self):- pr. p. piquing; pa. t. and pa. p. piqued.
  17. To pride one's self.
  18. To wound the pride of; offend.
  19. Wounded pride; offence.
  20. To provoke; make envious; pride ( oneself).
  21. Slight resentment, as from wounded pride.
  22. An offence taken; irritation from wounded feelings.
  23. To offend or irritate; to stimulate; to pride or value one's self.
  24. Slight anger; offence taken; grudge; spite; point; punctilio; term at a game of piquet.
  25. To displease, offend, or irritate; to touch with envy or jealousy; to pride or value one's self, as on an accomplishment or acquirement.

Usage examples for pique

  1. Lady Caroline shrugged her shoulders with a pretty air of pique. – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  2. But " pique and wounded pride!" – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  3. Suppose I had accepted Wallace out of pique, as I thought of doing for a few mad moments; suppose I had been going to marry him to- morrow- how awful, how perfectly awful I should feel now! – The Heart of Una Sackville by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  4. It was more than an inquiry; there was contempt in it, and perhaps even pique. – Stories By English Authors: London by Various
  5. I must understand you somehow, he said then; you are surrounded by mystery, you puzzle me, you pique my curiosity. – The Time of Roses by L. T. Meade
  6. He seemed in no hurry to speak to her- a fact duly scored against him in Miss Darsie's mind, and this indifference served to pique her into a more vivacious reception of the attentions of his companions. – A College Girl by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  7. Of late, indeed, she had been much more frightened than attracted by the conduct of her admirer, and really felt it a relief, notwithstanding her pique, when he retired into the elder brother sort of state. – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  8. " I am glad you have at last deigned to take some small notice of me," says he, with a faint touch of pique in his tone. – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess
  9. But there is another way; and when a man of eminent merit appears, the first effect he produces is often only to pique all his rivals, just as the peacock's tail offended the birds. – The Art of Literature by Arthur Schopenhauer
  10. She married Campion mainly out of pique because Whitton threw her over. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  11. No wonder that my lord of Everingham was anxious for the Duke's return, before the Queen's access of pique and jealousy had found vent in sudden revenge. – The Tangled Skein by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  12. As if cases had not been heard of in which an honest lover was refused by some stuck- up girl, and then out of pique offered his hand to the governess, or proposed to the housemaid on the spot! – Timar's Two Worlds by Mór Jókai
  13. " You are willing to ruin me, out of pique, I suppose, but I won't permit it. – Laughing Bill Hyde and Other Stories by Rex Beach
  14. She would carefully hide all traces of pique or annoyance. – Wife in Name Only by Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)
  15. Neither was any pique or ill- nature apparent in any single instance, after the departure of the embassy from the capital, but very much the contrary. – Travels in China, Containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey through the Country from Pekin to Canton by John Barrow
  16. This may have been partly accounted for by her very obvious pride, the quality that struck the most casual observer at once, but there was also an air of indifference, a look in the eyes that seemed to pique men's curiosity and stir their interest. – The Wooden Horse by Hugh Walpole
  17. I think Barbara sealed her own fate, so far as he was concerned, when she let Worth pique her into doing a concentrating stunt at Vandeman's dinner table last night. – The Million-Dollar Suitcase by Alice MacGowan Perry Newberry
  18. I do not think that anything in my manner showed either my pique or my disdain; I believe I went out of doors just as usual; but these things were often in my thoughts, and taking by degrees more room in them. – Daisy by Elizabeth Wetherell