verb (used with object), piqued, piquing.
1. to affect with sharp irritation and resentment, especially by some wound to pride: She was greatly piqued when they refused her invitation.
2. to wound (the pride, vanity, etc.).
3. to excite (interest, curiosity, etc.): Her curiosity was piqued by the gossip.
4. to arouse an emotion or provoke to action: to pique someone to answer a challenge.
5. Archaic. to pride (oneself) (usually followed by on or upon).
verb (used without object), piqued, piquing.
6. to arouse pique in someone: an action that piqued when it was meant to soothe.
7. a feeling of irritation or resentment, as from a wound to pride or self-esteem: to be in a pique.
8. Obsolete. a state of irritated feeling between persons.
Can be confused
peak, peek, piqué.
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1. offend, sting, nettle, vex, irritate, chafe.
3. stimulate, stir, prick, incite, goad.
Origin: 1525-35; < Middle French pique (noun), piquer (v.) < Vulgar Latin *piccare to pick; see pickax, pike, piqué
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