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

transitive verb

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

Examples of henpeck in a Sentence

my doctor henpecked me into adopting a healthier lifestyle
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Word History

First Known Use

1671, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of henpeck was in 1671

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“Henpeck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/henpeck. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


hen·​peck ˈhen-ˌpek How to pronounce henpeck (audio)
: to nag and boss one's spouse

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