from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Informal To dominate or harass (one's husband) with persistent nagging.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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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But because somebody emotionally batters you and degrades you -- perhaps Mary was afraid that her husband was going to find out about the Ponzi scheme and she was going to -- he was going to be so mad, but that would give all the men the right to kill their wives simply because their wives might henpeck them or get angry because they didn ` t remember their birthdays or something.
Nouakchott, henpeck restrained entrusts Mississippians
Nouakchott,henpeck restrained entrusts Mississippians
She is resolute and impetuous, clever and domineering; she is not one of those model women who want a man to look up to, and to protect them — her beau-ideal (though she may not think it herself) is a man she can henpeck.
When it became hubby's duty to cook the meals and carry half of them to bed for his better half every morning before breakfast he began to taste silly and smell sort of henpeck like.
The husband of the one dollar variety was more or less of a henpeck because he could not multiply his income by five and produce a concrete result.
Mrs. Stanton is of intellectual stock, impressive in manner and disposed to henpeck the convention which of course calls out resistance and much cackling ....
Was it possible that she might not be going to henpeck him after all?
"How you do henpeck me, Lolly!" he said, rather sheepishly.
She kept me from speaking my mind all her life, and do you think she shall henpeck me now she is dead too?