n. (Zool.) The jigger. See Jigger.
- n. A feeling of hurt, vexation, or resentment, awakened by a social slight or injury; irritation of the feelings, as through wounded pride; stinging vexation. Keenly felt desire; a longing. (Card Playing) In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one.
Syn. - Displeasure; irritation; grudge; spite. Pique, Spite, Grudge. Pique denotes a quick and often transient sense of resentment for some supposed neglect or injury, but it is not marked by malevolence. Spite is a stronger term, denoting settled ill will or malice, with a desire to injure, as the result of extreme irritation. Grudge goes still further, denoting cherished and secret enmity, with an unforgiving spirit. A pique is usually of recent date; a grudge is that which has long subsisted; spite implies a disposition to cross or vex others.
- vb. To wound the pride of; to sting; to nettle; to irritate; to fret; to offend; to excite to anger. To excite to action by causing resentment or jealousy; to stimulate; to prick; as, to pique ambition, or ...