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



BrE BrE//piːk//
; NAmE NAmE//piːk//
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[uncountable] (formal) annoyed or bitter feelings that you have, usually because your pride has been hurt When he realized nobody was listening to him, he left in a fit of pique. She’d lied about it out of pique. See related entries: Anger Word Originmid 16th cent. (denoting animosity between two or more people): from French piquer ‘prick, irritate’.
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