henpeck

Definition of henpeck

hen´peck`
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Henpecked ; p. pr. & vb. Henpecking.]

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