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. 2000.

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