See also: Pique and piqué

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle French pique (a prick, sting), from Old French pic (a sharp point).[1] Doublet of pike (long pointed weapon). Compare Spanish picar (to sting).

NounEdit

pique (countable and uncountable, plural piques)

  1. A feeling of enmity; ill-feeling, animosity; a transient feeling of wounded pride.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dr. H. More and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Men take up piques and displeasures.
    • (Can we date this quote by De Quincey and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Wars had arisen [] upon a personal pique.
  2. 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.
    • 2018 April 10, Daniel Taylor, “Liverpool go through after Mohamed Salah stops Manchester City fightback”, in The Guardian (London)[1]:
      Klopp’s team had the better balance between attack and defence and, crucially, they got lucky with the disallowed goal that brought Guardiola to the point of spontaneous combustion at half-time. Guardiola’s fit of pique led to his banishment from the dugout and City will wonder what might have happened if they had taken a 2-0 lead into the second half.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 7:
      This defiance was not a fit of pique, but a matter of principle.
    • 1957, Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman, Sweet Smell of Success
      You think this is a personal thing with me? Are you telling me I think of this in terms of a personal pique?
  3. (obsolete) Keenly felt desire; a longing.
    • 1684, Samuel Butler, Hudibras
      Though it have the pique, and long, / 'Tis still for something in the wrong.
TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

pique (third-person singular simple present piques, present participle piquing, simple past and past participle piqued)

  1. (transitive) To wound the pride of; to excite to anger.
    Synonyms: sting, nettle, irritate, fret
    • 1913, D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 11
      She treated him indulgently, as if he were a child. He thought he did not mind. But deep below the surface it piqued him.
    • (Can we date this quote by Byron and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Pique her and soothe in turn.
  2. (reflexive) To take pride in; to pride oneself on.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Locke and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Men [] pique themselves upon their skill.
  3. (transitive) To excite (someone) to action by causing resentment or jealousy; to stimulate (a feeling, emotion); to offend by slighting.
    Synonyms: excite, stimulate
    I believe this will pique your interest.
    • 2020 January 2, Richard Clinnick, “After some alarms, Sleeper awakens”, in Rail, page 47:
      I have been hugely involved in the operational side until this point, but now I can speak to operators and other businesses such as American and European companies, because we seem to have piqued interest.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Prior to this entry?)
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From French pic.

NounEdit

pique (plural piques)

  1. (card games) In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one.

VerbEdit

pique (third-person singular simple present piques, present participle piquing, simple past and past participle piqued)

  1. (card games, transitive) To score a pique against.

Etymology 3Edit

From Spanish pique, from Central Quechua piki.

NounEdit

pique (plural piques)

  1. A chigger or jigger, Tunga penetrans.

Etymology 4Edit

From French piqué, past participle of piquer (to prick, quilt)

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pique (countable and uncountable, plural piques)

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ pique” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.

AnagramsEdit


FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Deverbal of piquer.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pique f (plural piques)

  1. pike, lance
  2. (card games) spade (as a card suit)
    quatre de piquefour of spades

VerbEdit

pique

  1. inflection of piquer:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative
    2. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    3. second-person singular imperative

See alsoEdit

Suits in French · couleurs (layout · text)
       
cœur carreau pique trèfle

Further readingEdit


Middle FrenchEdit

NounEdit

pique f (plural piques)

  1. Alternative form of picque

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French picque (a prick, sting), from Old French pic (a sharp point).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pique m (plural piques)

  1. any spear
    Synonyms: hasta, lança
  2. or specifically a pike
    Synonym: chuço
  3. hide-and-seek (game)
    Synonyms: esconde-esconde, pique-esconde

Derived termsEdit

VerbEdit

pique

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of picar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of picar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of picar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of picar

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From picar

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pique m (plural piques)

  1. (card games) spade
  2. downward movement
    irse a piquesink [for a ship]
    1. jump, leap
  3. hit, fix (of drugs)
  4. rivalry, loggerheads
  5. grudge match

Derived termsEdit

VerbEdit

pique

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of picar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of picar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of picar.