Henpecked
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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  • henpecked — If a woman constantly nags her husband or partner, then he is henpecked …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • henpecked — 1670s, an image from HEN (Cf. hen) + PECK (Cf. peck) (v.). The henpect Man rides behind his Wife, and lets her wear the Spurs and govern the Reins. [Samuel Butler] The verb henpeck (1680s) apparently is a back formation …   Etymology dictionary

  • henpecked — hen|pecked [ˈhenpekt] adj a man who is henpecked is always being told what to do by his wife, and is afraid to disagree with her ▪ a henpecked husband …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • henpecked — adjective a man who is henpecked is always being told what to do by his wife, and is afraid to disagree with her: a henpecked husband …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • henpecked — henpecking, n. /hen pekt /, adj. browbeaten, bullied, or intimidated by one s wife: a henpecked husband who never dared to contradict his wife. [1670 80; HEN + PECK + ED2] * * * …   Universalium

  • henpecked — adjective Particularly of husbands, plagued or overwhelmed by a nagging or overbearing wife. The bar became a haven for henpecked husbands to go to commiserate …   Wiktionary

  • henpecked — hen|pecked [ hen,pekt ] adjective criticized and given orders all the time by a wife or female partner: a henpecked husband …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • henpecked — adjective the prosecution characterized him as a henpecked husband who finally snapped Syn: browbeaten, downtrodden, bullied, dominated, subjugated, oppressed, intimidated; meek, timid, cringing, long suffering; informal under someone s thumb Ant …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • henpecked — UK [ˈhenˌpekt] / US adjective criticized and given orders all the time by a wife or female partner a henpecked husband …   English dictionary

  • henpecked — Synonyms and related words: abused, browbeaten, downtrod, downtrodden, ground down, in leading strings, misused, on a leash, on a string, oppressed, ordered around, overborne, regimented, servile, slavish, submissive, trampled, tyrannized,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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