Adjective "pique" definition and examples

(Pique may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/piːk/

Definitions and examples

noun

Stiff fabric, typically cotton, woven in a strongly ribbed or raised pattern.
  1. 'Bloomies' spring hats range from fun and practical (how about a red Lacoste rain hat or a pink cotton piqué cap?) to stylish straws and felts.'
  2. 'Wear them to your next polo match with a polo piqué, a fine pair of khakis and your boat shoes.'

noun

(in piquet) the scoring of 30 points on declarations and play before one's opponent scores anything.

    verb

    Score a pique against (one's opponent).

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      1. to affect with sharp irritation and resentment, especially by some wound to pride: She was greatly piqued when they refused her invitation.

      2. to wound (the pride, vanity, etc.).

      3. to excite (interest, curiosity, etc.): Her curiosity was piqued by the gossip.

      4. to arouse an emotion or provoke to action: to pique someone to answer a challenge.

      5. Archaic. to pride (oneself) (usually followed by on or upon). verb (used without object

      More examples(as adjective)

      "reporters can be pique."

      "vests can be pique."

      "televisions can be pique."

      "reasons can be pique."

      "radios can be pique."

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      Origin

      (pique)Mid 17th century: from French pic, from the Old French sense ‘stabbing blow’, of unknown ultimate origin.