(Pique), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Piqued ; p. pr. & vb. n. Piquing ] [F. piquer. See Pike.]

1. To wound the pride of; to sting; to nettle; to irritate; to fret; to offend; to excite to anger.

Pique her, and soothe in turn.

2. To excite to action by causing resentment or jealousy; to stimulate; to prick; as, to pique ambition, or curiosity. Prior.

3. To pride or value; — used reflexively.

Men . . . pique themselves upon their skill.

Syn. — To offend; displease; irritate; provoke; fret; nettle; sting; goad; stimulate.

(Pique), v. i. To cause annoyance or irritation. "Every erse hath something in it that piques." Tatler.

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