henpecked

[hen-pekt]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. hennin,
  2. henoch,
  3. henoch-schönlein purpura,
  4. henotheism,
  5. henpeck,
  6. henri,
  7. henri, robert,
  8. henrietta,
  9. henrietta maria,
  10. henry

Origin of henpecked

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

Related formshen·peck·ing, noun

henpeck

[hen-pek]

verb (used with object)

to browbeat, bully, or intimidate (one's husband, boyfriend, etc.).
Related formshen·pecked, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for henpecked

henpecked

adjective

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

henpeck

verb

(tr) (of a woman) to harass or torment (a man, esp her husband) by persistent nagging
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Word Origin and History for henpecked

henpecked

adj.
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