hen-peck

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hen-peck bother persistently with trivial complaints "She nags her husband all day long"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t hen-peck To bother persistently with trivial complaints; to subject to petty authority; -- said of a woman who thus treats her male companion, especially of wives who thus dominate their husbands. Commonly used in the past participle (often adjectively); as, henpecked for years, he finally left her.
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Usage

In literature:

I'll have to watch myself like thunder, Miss Jinny, or they'll make a miserable hen-pecked man of me!
"Miss Pat at School" by Pemberton Ginther
The cocks and hens were beginning to peck about among the high vegetation.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
Not even a hen pecked or cackled in the yard.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
When the cat tried to go near them, the hen would peck at her and drive her away.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf; a Practical Plan of Character Building, Volume I (of 17)" by Various
I name no names; but here is a hen who wants to peck her feathers out to look well.
"Stories to Read or Tell from Fairy Tales and Folklore" by Laure Claire Foucher
Then the greedy hens began to peck her hand, and try to get it out of the pail.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
It was as though some bird of bright plumage had strayed into a barnyard to be pecked at by hens.
"Robinetta" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
This, too, is salvation to many hen-pecked husbands, in which they also rejoice.
"Talkers" by John Bate
But I know of one young man at least who broke it off after enduring a voyage with a hen-pecked captain.
"Captain Macedoine's Daughter" by William McFee
In the farce a hen-pecked husband is obliged by his wife to accept a long list of duties which he is to perform.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
A hen will peck at the hand that robs her nest.
"The Voice of the Pack" by Edison Marshall
A hen-pecked fellow, meeting him the next day as he rode with a gallant train through the market place, began to condole with him.
"Caught in a Trap" by John C. Hutcheson
The cock pecked the hen again.
"More Celtic Fairy Tales" by Various
A flock of hens huddled about the door, pecking at each other and raking up the snow with their claws.
"The Gold Brick" by Ann S. Stephens
And the hens and cocks and chickens is all pecking about, and the cows moo'in.
"Little Miss Peggy" by Mrs. Molesworth
The poor man bore his hen-pecking in silence for many years, but at last she went one step too far.
"An American Four-In-Hand in Britain" by Andrew Carnegie
I name no names; but here is a hen who wants to peck her feathers out to look well.
"The Silent Readers" by William D. Lewis
What little man could stand being "hen-pecked," even at that tender age?
"Ginger-Snaps" by Fanny Fern
The other's movements were quick, and reminded Nigel of a hen moving and pecking with sudden jerks of fussiness.
"The Mercenary" by W. J. Eccott
Pecke, clk., dated 10 Hen.
"The Paston Letters, Volume II (of 6)"
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In poetry:

What she said I won't tell you; but you married men,
As knows wot it is to be pecked by a hen,
Wot I means yer to guess pretty plainish 'ull find,
When I tells you she gone me "a bit of her mind."
"Bedfordshire Ballad - IV" by E W Bowling

In news:

Pecking order out of whack after top hen's demise.
Pecking order out of whack after top hen's demise.
NEW CASTLE — While looking back on a recent situation, I have come to realize that I'm totally hen-pecked.
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In science:

The time spent by the hen resting, preening and being more than 1 m from ducklings as well as the frequency of ducklings pecked by the female increased by 3, 3, 6 and 20 fold respectively during the post-hatching period (Figs. 2a-d).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Changes in mean (± SE) sleeping (a), preening (b) and distance > 1m (c) durations, and in pecking frequency (d) of hen mallards between hatching and fledging.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
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