hen·​peck | \ ˈhen-ˌpek How to pronounce henpeck (audio) \
henpecked; henpecking; henpecks

Definition of henpeck

transitive verb

: to subject (one's spouse or partner) to persistent nagging and domination

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Examples of henpeck in a Sentence

neighbors say she henpecked him into giving up golf and selling his clubs
Recent Examples on the Web Laurent Naouri was gravelly but properly pathetic as Cendrillon’s henpecked father; Ying Fang and Maya Lahyani carried off the goofy stepsisters with aplomb. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "French Opera Takes Over New York," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of henpeck

1671, in the meaning defined above

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“Henpeck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/henpeck. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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