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henpecked

[hen-pekt] /ˈhɛnˌpɛkt/
adjective
1.
browbeaten, bullied, or intimidated by one's wife, girlfriend, etc.:
a henpecked husband who never dared to contradict his wife.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; hen + peck + -ed2
Related forms
henpecking, noun

henpeck

[hen-pek] /ˈhɛnˌpɛk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to browbeat, bully, or intimidate (one's husband, boyfriend, etc.).
Related forms
henpecked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hen-pecked

henpeck

/ˈhɛnˌpɛk/
verb
1.
(transitive) (of a woman) to harass or torment (a man, esp her husband) by persistent nagging

henpecked

/ˈhɛnˌpɛkd/
adjective
1.
(of a man) continually harassed or tormented by the persistent nagging of a woman (esp his wife)
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Contemporary definitions for hen-pecked
adjective

under the control of a domineering woman, esp. a wife

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Word Origin

1680

Usage Note

derogatory slang

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Word Origin and History for hen-pecked

henpecked

adj.

1670s, an image from hen + peck (v.).

The henpect Man rides behind his Wife, and lets her wear the Spurs and govern the Reins. [Samuel Butler]
The verb henpeck (1680s) apparently is a back-formation.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hen-pecked

henpecked

adjective

Dominated by women, esp by one's wife; pussy-whipped (1690+)


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