- 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.).
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Examples from the Web for 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
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The number of Northern church-members who are hen-pecked husbands.Slavery Ordained of God
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Jerry Sneak, a hen-pecked husband,—a character in the Mayor of Garret.The Slang Dictionary
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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
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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)
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Word Origin and History for hen-pecked
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