- browbeaten, bullied, or intimidated by one's wife, girlfriend, etc.: a henpecked husband who never dared to contradict his wife.
Origin of henpecked
- to browbeat, bully, or intimidate (one's husband, boyfriend, etc.).
Examples from the Web for hen-pecked
Contemporary Examples of hen-pecked
Hand it off to a hen-pecked husband or a put-upon assistant and it can demean or belittle.The Language of Margaret Thatcher’s Handbags
April 8, 2013
Historical Examples of hen-pecked
The number of Northern church-members who are hen-pecked husbands.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
Jerry Sneak, a hen-pecked husband,—a character in the Mayor of Garret.The Slang Dictionary
John Camden Hotten
What little man could stand being "hen-pecked," even at that tender age?Ginger-Snaps
The angels minister to the tyrants; or the gentle, hen-pecked husband cowers before the superior partlet.The Christmas Books
William Makepeace Thackeray
But the marquis found even the hen-pecked Partan a nobler and more elevating presence than any strutting platitude of Bond street.
- (tr) (of a woman) to harass or torment (a man, esp her husband) by persistent nagging
- (of a man) continually harassed or tormented by the persistent nagging of a woman (esp his wife)