hen-peck
henpeck hen"peck`, hen-peck hen"-peck`, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Henpecked}; p. pr. & vb. {Henpecking}.] To bother persistently with trivial complaints; to subject to petty authority; -- said of a woman who thus treats her male companion, especially of wives who thus dominate their husbands. Commonly used in the past participle (often adjectively); as, henpecked for years, he finally left her. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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  • hen|peck — «HEHN PEHK», transitive verb. to domineer over or rule (one s husband): »He was henpecked by his wife. Ye lords of ladies intellectual, Inform us truly, have they not henpeck d you all? (Byron). SYNONYM(S): browbeat …   Useful english dictionary

  • hen-peck — verb bother persistently with trivial complaints She nags her husband all day long • Syn: ↑nag, ↑peck • Derivationally related forms: ↑nag (for: ↑nag), ↑nagger ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • hen-peck — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. nag, *ride, dominate, *bug, pester, *pick on …   English dictionary for students

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  • peck — ko·peck; peck·ed; peck·er; peck·er·wood; peck; peck·i·ness; peck·ish; peck·sniff·ery; peck·sniff·ian; hen·peck; peck·le; peck·sniff·ian·ism; …   English syllables

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