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A state of vexation caused by a perceived slight or indignity; a feeling of wounded pride.
tr.v. piqued, piqu·ing, piques
1. To cause to feel resentment or indignation.
2. To provoke; arouse: The portrait piqued her curiosity.
3. To pride (oneself): He piqued himself on his stylish attire.

[French, a prick, irritation, from Old French, from piquer, to prick, from Vulgar Latin *piccāre, ultimately of imitative origin.]


 (pĭ-kā′, pē-)
A tightly woven fabric with various raised patterns, produced especially by a double warp.

[French, past participle of piquer, to quilt, from Old French, to backstitch, prick; see pique.]


resentful or irritated; annoyed


[ˈpiːkt] adj (= annoyed) → piqué(e) au vif
a bit piqued, slightly piqued → un peu dépité(e)
References in classic literature ?
He greeted me coldly with merely a movement of the head and passed on, leaving me standing on the walk, with half-proffered hand, surprised and naturally somewhat piqued.
Piqued and irritated, he suddenly came to a halt, swore he would carry it no further, and jerked it half-way down the hill.
Lady Middleton piqued herself upon the elegance of her table, and of all her domestic arrangements; and from this kind of vanity was her greatest enjoyment in any of their parties.