Definition of pique verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pique

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//piːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//piːk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pique
BrE BrE//piːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//piːk//
 
he / she / it piques
BrE BrE//piːks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//piːks//
 
past simple piqued
BrE BrE//piːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//piːkt//
 
past participle piqued
BrE BrE//piːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//piːkt//
 
-ing form piquing
BrE BrE//ˈpiːkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpiːkɪŋ//
 
 
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  • pique somebody/something (formal) to make somebody annoyed or upset synonym wound1 The incident piqued his pride.
  • Word Origin mid 16th cent. (denoting animosity between two or more people): from French piquer ‘prick, irritate’.Idioms
    pique somebody’s interest, curiosity, etc.
     
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    to make somebody very interested in something See related entries: Showing interest
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pique

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