henpecked

[ hen-pekt ]
/ ˈhɛnˌpɛkt /

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

hen·peck·ing, noun

Definition for henpecked (2 of 2)

henpeck
[ hen-pek ]
/ ˈhɛnˌpɛk /

verb (used with object)

to browbeat, bully, or intimidate (one's husband, boyfriend, etc.).

OTHER WORDS FROM henpeck

hen·pecked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for henpecked (1 of 2)

henpecked
/ (ˈhɛnˌpɛkd) /

adjective

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

British Dictionary definitions for henpecked (2 of 2)

henpeck
/ (ˈhɛnˌpɛk) /

verb

(tr) (of a woman) to harass or torment (a man, esp her husband) by persistent nagging
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