browbeat

verb brow·beat \ ˈbrau̇-ˌbēt \
Updated on: 18 May 2018

Definition of browbeat

browbeat; browbeaten play \-ˈbē-tᵊn\ or browbeat; browbeating
: to intimidate or disconcert by a stern manner or arrogant speech : bully
  • likes to browbeat the waitstaff

Examples of browbeat in a Sentence

  1. His father likes to browbeat waiters and waitresses.

  2. they would often browbeat the younger child until he cried

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First Known Use of browbeat

1581

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Synonym Discussion of browbeat

intimidate, cow, bulldoze, bully, browbeat mean to frighten into submission. intimidate implies inducing fear or a sense of inferiority into another.
    • intimidated by so many other bright freshmen
cow implies reduction to a state where the spirit is broken or all courage is lost.
    • not at all cowed by the odds against making it in show business
bulldoze implies an intimidating or an overcoming of resistance usually by urgings, demands, or threats.
    • bulldozed the city council into approving the plan
bully implies intimidation through threats, insults, or aggressive behavior.
    • bullied into giving up their lunch money
browbeat implies a cowing through arrogant, scornful, or contemptuous treatment.
    • browbeat the witness into a contradiction

BROWBEAT Defined for English Language Learners

browbeat

Definition of browbeat for English Language Learners

  • : to use threats or angry speech to make (someone) do or accept something



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