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.
violate, corded, excite, ruffled feathers, snappishness, offend, displeasure, innervation, spur, step on someone's toes, outrage, humor, asperity, canvas, work up, shock, set off, scandalise, cause, go against, impel, corduroy, barkcloth, affront, chintz, cambric, trigger, surliness, irritability, goad, peevishness, inflame, huff, galvanize, annoying, wound, mood, unsmooth, attack, prod, inspire, rage, touch off, propel, hurt, biliousness, pettishness, like, instigate, discomfort, study at offense, anger, humour, scandalize, incite, botheration, cheesecloth, provoke, injure, buckram, prompt, twill, burlap, bruise, appall, temper, dudgeon, coir, trade blows/insults, breach, miff, fury, transgress, appal, egg on, toughness, excitation, move, speak/talk out of turn, stimulate, motivate, infract, prick, snub, foment, grudge, rough, insult, calico, twilled, break, pain
aggravation (part of speech: noun)
enragement, inflammation, annoyance, provocation, scorn, ire, disturbance, harassment, trouble, arousal, exacerbation, perturbation, torment, discomposure, petulance, virulence, bedevilment, aggravation, exasperation
resentment (part of speech: noun)
hard feelings, acerbity, ill humor, soreness, resentment, rancor, bitterness, offense, spite, bile, antagonism, huffiness, umbrage, envy, vexation, infuriation, sullenness, wrath, discontent, dissatisfaction, indignation, irritation
irritate (part of speech: verb)
- A Companion to " Family Pride," and " Pique," 1 50 The Morrisons. - "Wives and Widows; or The Broken Life", Ann S. Stephens.
- From the frequency with which mademoiselle turned and looked behind her, I judged she had overcome her pique at my strange conduct; which the others should by this time have explained to her. - "Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France", Stanley J. Weyman.
- Justina saw curiosity, too, but none was expressed; she only said, with the least little touch of pique, " And you never told me that you were wishing so much to go away." - "Fated to Be Free", Jean Ingelow.