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pique +‎ -er


piquer (plural piquers)

  1. One who piques.
    • 1895, Harper's New Monthly Magazine (volume 91, page 644)
      You are what I may call a piquer of curiosity.
    • 1972, North Carolina Folklore Journal (1972-1973) (page 85)
      The name above the door is F. Dula. Under the circumstances, an interest piquer.



From Middle French picquer, from Old French piquer (to pierce with the tip of a sword) (cf. also pikier), from proto-Romance or Vulgar Latin *pīccare (to sting, strike) or *pikkāre (compare Occitan, Catalan, Portuguese, and Spanish picar), itself either from an onomatopoeic root *pikk- (cf. also Latin picus, whence French pic), or alternatively, from Frankish *pikkōn, from Proto-Germanic *pikōną, *pukaną (to pick, peck, prick, knock), from Proto-Indo-European *beu-, *bu- (to make a dull sound).

Cognate with Old English pȳcan, pician (to pick, pluck); Old Norse pikka (to prick, peck); Middle Dutch and Middle Low German picken (to pick, peck, pierce); Middle High German puchen (to knock, defy, plunder). More at pick.




  1. (transitive) to prick; to sting
  2. (intransitive) to sting
    Ça pique !(please add an English translation of this usage example)
  3. (transitive, of an animal) to put down, to euthanise
    faire piquer son chiento have one's dog put down
  4. (colloquial, transitive, transitive with à) to nick, pinch, steal
    piquer quelque chose à quelqu'un(please add an English translation of this usage example)
    Synonyms: chiper, subtiliser, voler
  5. (reflexive, transitive with de) to pride oneself on; to like to think that one can do
  6. (textiles, couture) to stitch together


Derived terms[edit]


  • English: pique
  • German: pikieren
  • Italian: piccarsi
  • Louisiana Creole French: piqué

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