henpecked

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. hag-ridden; browbeaten, nagged, hounded; led by the nose, jumping through hoops.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. dominated by one's wife, in fear of one's wife, subjected to nagging, browbeaten, intimidated, passive, constrained, compliant, in bondage, yielding, without freedom or independence, acquiescent, in subjection, subject, obedient, resigned, submissive, wife-ridden, docile, meek, cringing, unresisting, unassertive, led by the nose*, under one's thumb*, at one's beck and call*, tied to one's apron strings*, nagged*, in harness*; see also dependent 2 , subordinate , timid 1 , 2 .

English dictionary for students. 2013.

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  • henpecked — 1670s, an image from HEN (Cf. hen) + PECK (Cf. peck) (v.). The henpect Man rides behind his Wife, and lets her wear the Spurs and govern the Reins. [Samuel Butler] The verb henpeck (1680s) apparently is a back formation …   Etymology dictionary

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  • henpecked — hen|pecked [ˈhenpekt] adj a man who is henpecked is always being told what to do by his wife, and is afraid to disagree with her ▪ a henpecked husband …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • henpecked — adjective a man who is henpecked is always being told what to do by his wife, and is afraid to disagree with her: a henpecked husband …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • henpecked — henpecking, n. /hen pekt /, adj. browbeaten, bullied, or intimidated by one s wife: a henpecked husband who never dared to contradict his wife. [1670 80; HEN + PECK + ED2] * * * …   Universalium

  • henpecked — adjective Particularly of husbands, plagued or overwhelmed by a nagging or overbearing wife. The bar became a haven for henpecked husbands to go to commiserate …   Wiktionary

  • henpecked — hen|pecked [ hen,pekt ] adjective criticized and given orders all the time by a wife or female partner: a henpecked husband …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • henpecked — adjective the prosecution characterized him as a henpecked husband who finally snapped Syn: browbeaten, downtrodden, bullied, dominated, subjugated, oppressed, intimidated; meek, timid, cringing, long suffering; informal under someone s thumb Ant …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • henpecked — UK [ˈhenˌpekt] / US adjective criticized and given orders all the time by a wife or female partner a henpecked husband …   English dictionary

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