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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French picquer, from Old French piquer (to pierce with the tip of a sword) (cf. also pikier), from proto-Romance or Vulgar Latin *pīccare (to sting, strike) or *pikkāre (compare Occitan, Catalan, Portuguese, and Spanish picar), itself either from an onomatopoetic root *pikk- (cf. also Latin picus, whence French pic), or alternatively, from Frankish *pikkōn, from Proto-Germanic *pikōną, *pukaną (to pick, peck, prick, knock), from Proto-Indo-European *beu-, *bu- (to make a dull sound). Cognate with Old English pȳcan, pician (to pick, pluck), Old Norse pikka (to prick, peck), Middle Dutch and Middle Low German picken (to pick, peck, pierce), Middle High German puchen (to knock, defy, plunder). More at pick.

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VerbEdit

piquer

  1. to prick (pierce with a prick)
  2. to sting (feel a stinging pain)
  3. (colloquial) to nick, pinch, steal
  4. (reflexive) to pride oneself on; to like to think that one can do (+ de)
  5. (textiles, couture) to stitch together

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DescendantsEdit

  • English: pique
  • German: pikieren
  • Italian: piccarsi

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