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henpecked

[ hen-pekt ]
/ ˈhɛnˌpɛkt /
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adjective

browbeaten, bullied, or intimidated by one's wife, girlfriend, etc.: a henpecked husband who never dared to contradict his wife.

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Origin of henpecked

First recorded in 1670–80; hen + peck2 + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM henpecked

henpecking, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for henpecked

henpecked
/ (ˈhɛnˌpɛkd) /

adjective

(of a man) continually harassed or tormented by the persistent nagging of a woman (esp his wife)
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