browbeat

[ brou-beet ]
/ ˈbraʊˌbit /

verb (used with object), brow·beat, brow·beat·en, brow·beat·ing.

to intimidate by overbearing looks or words; bully: They browbeat him into agreeing.

Nearby words

  1. brouwer, adriaen,
  2. brow,
  3. brow antler,
  4. brow presentation,
  5. browband,
  6. browder,
  7. browder, earl russell,
  8. browed,
  9. browlift,
  10. brown

Origin of browbeat

First recorded in 1575–85; brow + beat

Related formsbrow·beat·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for browbeater

browbeat

/ (ˈbraʊˌbiːt) /

verb -beats, -beating, -beat or -beaten

(tr) to discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
Derived Formsbrowbeater, noun

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Word Origin and History for browbeater

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