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Definition of pique:

  1. A cotton fabric, figured in the loom, - used as a dress goods for women and children, and for vestings, etc.
  2. A feeling of hurt, vexation, or resentment, awakened by a social slight or injury; irritation of the feelings, as through wounded pride; stinging vexation.
  3. In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one.
  4. Keenly felt desire; a longing.
  5. The jigger. See Jigger.
  6. To cause annoyance or irritation.
  7. To excite to action by causing resentment or jealousy; to stimulate; to prick; as, to pique ambition, or curiosity.
  8. To pride or value; - used reflexively.
  9. To wound the pride of; to sting; to nettle; to irritate; to fret; to offend; to excite to anger.


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