hen·​peck | \ ˈhen-ˌpek \
henpecked; henpecking; henpecks

Definition of henpeck

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms for henpeck


dog, hound, nag, needle, peck (at)

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Examples of henpeck in a Sentence

neighbors say she henpecked him into giving up golf and selling his clubs

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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 He eventually is seduced by the queen, takes her as his czarina and is literally henpecked. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Steve Jobs opera in Santa Fe shows a troubled tech wizard in search of his humanity," 8 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of henpeck

1671, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of henpeck was in 1671

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