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pique

Noun

1 tightly woven fabric with raised cords
2 a sudden outburst of anger; "his temper sparked like damp firewood" [syn: temper, irritation] v : cause to feel resentment or indignation; "Her tactless remark offended me" [syn: offend]

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  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.
  2. A remark, usually witty, made in a social situation and intended to slight someone else.
  3. A cotton fabric, figured in the loom, – used as a dress goods for women and children, and for vestings, etc.
  4. The jigger.
  5. Keenly felt desire; a longing.
  6. In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one.

Verb

  1. To wound the pride of; to sting; to nettle; to irritate; to fret; to offend; to excite to anger.
  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.
  4. To cause annoyance or irritation.

Translations

to wound the pride of

French

Pronunciation

  • /pik/

Noun

fr-noun f
  1. lance
  2. spade (as a card suit)

Verb

pique

Extensive Definition

Pique refers to a weaving style, as in "pique cotton", which is characterized by raised parallel cords or fine ribbing (for example, in the collar of a polo shirt or tennis shirt). Twilled cotton (see Twill) or corded cotton are close relatives.

External links

pique in German: Piqué (Gewebeart)
pique in Italian: Piquet
pique in Swedish: piké

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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