1. tightly woven fabric with raised cords;
2. a sudden outburst of anger;
- Example: "his temper sparked like damp firewood"
[syn: pique, temper, irritation]
1. cause to feel resentment or indignation;
- Example: "Her tactless remark offended me"
[syn: pique, offend]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Piqu'e \Pi`qu['e]"\, n. [F., p. p. of piquer to prick.] A cotton fabric, figured in the loom, -- used as a dress goods for women and children, and for vestings, etc. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pique \Pique\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Piqued; p. pr. & vb. n. Piquing.] [F. piquer. See Pike.] 1. To wound the pride of; to sting; to nettle; to irritate; to fret; to offend; to excite to anger. [1913 Webster] Pique her, and soothe in turn. --Byron. [1913 Webster] 2. To excite to action by causing resentment or jealousy; to stimulate; to prick; as, to pique ambition, or curiosity. --Prior. [1913 Webster] 3. To pride or value; -- used reflexively. [1913 Webster] Men . . . pique themselves upon their skill. --Locke. [1913 Webster] Syn: To offend; displease; irritate; provoke; fret; nettle; sting; goad; stimulate. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pique \Pique\, n. (Zool.) The jigger. See Jigger. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pique \Pique\, n. [F., fr. piquer. See Pike.] 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. [1913 Webster] Men take up piques and displeasures. --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster] Wars had arisen . . . upon a personal pique. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster] 2. Keenly felt desire; a longing. [1913 Webster] Though it have the pique, and long, 'Tis still for something in the wrong. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster] 3. (Card Playing) In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one. [1913 Webster] Syn: Displeasure; irritation; grudge; spite. Usage: Pique, Spite, Grudge. Pique denotes a quick and often transient sense of resentment for some supposed neglect or injury, but it is not marked by malevolence. Spite is a stronger term, denoting settled ill will or malice, with a desire to injure, as the result of extreme irritation. Grudge goes still further, denoting cherished and secret enmity, with an unforgiving spirit. A pique is usually of recent date; a grudge is that which has long subsisted; spite implies a disposition to cross or vex others. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pique \Pique\, v. i. To cause annoyance or irritation. "Every verse hath something in it that piques." --Tatler. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
pique n 1: tightly woven fabric with raised cords 2: a sudden outburst of anger; "his temper sparked like damp firewood" [syn: pique, temper, irritation] v 1: cause to feel resentment or indignation; "Her tactless remark offended me" [syn: pique, offend]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
153 Moby Thesaurus words for "pique": affect the interest, aggravate, agitate, angry look, animate, annoy, annoyance, arouse, attract, awaken, badger, bait, be at, bedevil, beset, blow the coals, bother, bristle, brown off, bug, bullyrag, burn up, chafe, chivy, concern, devil, dirty look, discompose, distemper, disturb, dog, dudgeon, embitter, enliven, exasperate, exasperation, excite, excite interest, exercise, exhilarate, fan, fan the flame, fascinate, fash, feed the fire, ferment, fillip, fire, foment, fret, frown, fume, galvanize, get, glare, glower, gripe, harass, harry, heat, heat up, heckle, hector, high dudgeon, hound, huff, ignite, impassion, incense, incite, inflame, infuse life into, instigate, interest, invigorate, invite, involve in, irk, irking, irritate, irritation, jazz up, miff, molest, motivate, move, nag, needle, nettle, nudzh, offense, peeve, persecute, pester, pet, pick on, pick up, plague, pluck the beard, plume, pother, preen, prick, provocation, provoke, punch, put out, put up to, quicken, raise, raise up, rally, rankle, renew, resentment, resuscitate, revive, ride, rile, roil, rouse, ruffle, scowl, set astir, set on, set up, sharpen, sic on, snuff, stew, stimulate, stir, stir the blood, stir the embers, stir up, tantalize, tease, tickle, tiff, titillate, torment, try the patience, turn on, tweak the nose, umbrage, vex, vexation, wake up, waken, whet, whip up, work up, worry