Henpecking
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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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