verb (piqu, ing)
- A cotton fabric, figured in the loom, " used as a dress goods for women and children, and for vestings, etc.
- The jigger.
- A feeling of hurt, vexation, or resentment, awakened by a social slight or injury; irritation of the feelings, as through wounded pride; stinging vexation.
- A remark, usually witty, made in a social situation and intended to slight someone else.
- Keenly felt desire; a longing.
- In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one.
- (transitive) To wound the pride of; to sting; to nettle; to irritate; to fret; to offend; to excite to anger.
- (transitive) To excite to action by causing resentment or jealousy; to stimulate; to prick; as, to pique ambition, or curiosity.
- (transitive) To pride or value; " used reflexively.
- (transitive) To cause annoyance or irritation.
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