from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Informal To dominate or harass (one's husband) with persistent nagging.

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  • v. To nag persistently.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. 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).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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. The rule or control of a husband by his wife; henpecking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bother persistently with trivial complaints


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