henpeck

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t henpeck 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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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • henpeck To rule or keep in subjection by superior force of will or assaults of ill temper; domineer over: said of a wife who thus rules her husband.
    • n henpeck The rule or control of a husband by his wife; henpecking.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Henpeck of a wife, to domineer over her husband
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Idioms

Henpecked - If a woman constantly nags her husband or partner, then he is henpecked.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hennhana, a cock; Ger. hahn, fem. henne.

Usage

In literature:

Inform us truly, have they not henpecked you all?
"Familiar Quotations" by Various
It was charming to see that she henpecked her handsome old husband completely.
"Letters from Egypt" by Lucie Duff Gordon
He was an acquiescent if not an obedient husband, and, rather than bicker, would submit to be moderately henpecked.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
On her way thither she is steadily snubbed by the masculine element of the party, and henpecked by the feminine.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
Only one of them, a henpecked fellow as malicious people said, confessed the whole transaction to his wife.
"Legends of the Rhine" by Wilhelm Ruland
I'm the most henpecked dad in Texas.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
Poor Henpecked meekly passed the can again, to be again civilly declined.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
I'm glad that I am not that poah henpecked maid of hers.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
He was a henpecked husband, a tattler.
"Absolution" by Clara Viebig
Certainly you never could have henpecked me into Congress the way you did Jim Walton!
"The Co-Citizens" by Corra Harris
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In poetry:

Jones is a man exceeding meek
And henpecked, so his neighbours say,
Who, one glad evening every week,
Sought sanctuary in his queer way.
"A Haven Marred" by C J Dennis

In news:

In one piece from the edgy campaign, a henpecked husband cowers with cartons of milk in his arms.
Peggy Mount, for many years the fearsome battle-ax of British stage and screen with a voice to make henpecked husbands tremble , died on Tuesday at a London nursing home for actors.
From Bug Tussle to Henpeck, it's a trip.
I always wanted to tell "The Fisherman & his Wife," but I didn't like the henpecked husband or nagging wife characters.
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