Browbeaten
Browbeat Brow"beat`, v. t. [imp. {Browbeat}; p. p. {Browbeaten}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Browbeating}.] To depress or bear down with haughty, stern looks, or with arrogant speech and dogmatic assertions; to abash or disconcert by impudent or abusive words or looks; to bully; as, to browbeat witnesses. [1913 Webster]

My grandfather was not a man to be browbeaten. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • browbeaten — adjective intimidated or subjugated …   Wiktionary

  • browbeaten — brow·beat || braÊŠbiːt v. intimidate, bully, frighten with strong words and looks …   English contemporary dictionary

  • browbeaten — UK [ˈbraʊˌbiːt(ə)n] / US [ˈbraʊˌbɪt(ə)n] browbeat …   English dictionary

  • browbeaten — browˈbeaten adjective • • • Main Entry: ↑brow …   Useful english dictionary

  • browbeat — [[t]bra͟ʊbiːt[/t]] browbeats, browbeating, browbeaten VERB (The form browbeat is used in the present tense and is also the past tense.) If someone tries to browbeat you, they try to force you to do what they want. [V n] ...attempts to deceive,… …   English dictionary

  • Browbeat — Brow beat , v. t. [imp. {Browbeat}; p. p. {Browbeaten}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Browbeating}.] To depress or bear down with haughty, stern looks, or with arrogant speech and dogmatic assertions; to abash or disconcert by impudent or abusive words or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Browbeat — Brow beat , v. t. [imp. {Browbeat}; p. p. {Browbeaten}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Browbeating}.] To depress or bear down with haughty, stern looks, or with arrogant speech and dogmatic assertions; to abash or disconcert by impudent or abusive words or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Browbeating — Browbeat Brow beat , v. t. [imp. {Browbeat}; p. p. {Browbeaten}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Browbeating}.] To depress or bear down with haughty, stern looks, or with arrogant speech and dogmatic assertions; to abash or disconcert by impudent or abusive… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • henpecked — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. hag ridden; browbeaten, nagged, hounded; led by the nose, jumping through hoops. See obedience, subjection. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. dominated by one s wife, in fear of one s wife, subjected to… …   English dictionary for students

  • browbeat — verb past tense browbeatpast participle browbeaten, (transitive + into) to make someone do something by continuously asking them to, especially in an unpleasant threatening way: The witness was being browbeaten under cross examination …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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