from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To dominate or harass (someone, usually a man) with persistent nagging.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To nag persistently.

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

  • verb bother persistently with trivial complaints


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