Definition of henpeck in English:



[with object]usually as adjective henpecked
  • (of a woman) continually criticize and order about (her husband or other male partner)

    ‘henpecked husbands’
    • ‘If you haven't seen it, it's the movie where Adam Sandler plays a novelties salesman who is henpecked by his sisters.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Irving has been relegated to henpecked husband status, and exists only to put a paycheck in the bank so Cathy can buy more shoes, more dresses, more lingerie she wears while straddling her lover.’
    • ‘Luciana appears near incoherent (based on Giovanni's side of the conversation) and her debonair, eloquent lover a frazzled and henpecked rube.’
    • ‘And that's probably why he allowed himself to be henpecked.’
    • ‘His father, a henpecked husband, is petrified to raise a voice.’
    • ‘Everyone in the neighborhood knows that Mr. Macy is henpecked by his wife and that the poor man won't be allowed to keep the big, yellowy-white blind dog that's wandered onto his property.’
    • ‘Denis came out as a dedicated drinker, enthusiastic golfer, henpecked husband (he refers to Margaret as the Boss) who always found time to carouse with louche characters and occasional dodgy businessmen from his past.’
    • ‘It soon becomes clear that the reason the Baron is so henpecked is because of the high corn factor of his lines.’
    • ‘And the ones who have husbands henpeck them unmercifully.’
    • ‘The sagas represent him very much as a henpecked husband, and the likely origin of his nickname is both murkier and less glorious than the obvious explanation of his prowess in battle.’
    • ‘The old king was henpecked no doubt but his outlook was noble.’
    • ‘More than likely their husbands were perfectly decent, long-suffering, henpecked men.’
    • ‘Israel figured his father just liked to come off as downtrodden and henpecked.’
    • ‘If I were a man I would describe myself as henpecked.’
    • ‘Others alleged that Isabelle Randall henpecked her husband, was inattentive in church, and ignored her grooming to the point that she had torn seams and grease spots on her suits.’
    • ‘Sylvester McCoy plays her husband and is equally good, giving the impression of being the ultimate henpecked husband but who is really more in control than he seems.’
    • ‘Estrogen was flowing over the airwaves, on the radio, and in print; political correctness had sunk its ugly claws into America; and men were henpecked across the nation.’
    • ‘The male neighbors who posed as the henpecked husband and his domineering wife asserted their own masculinity by imitating and grossly exaggerating the actions of the misbehaving couple.’
    • ‘But if Abigail is not to be just a ghastly caricature, she must have a tragic dimension as she bullies her guests into submission and sends her henpecked husband's blood pressure soaring.’
    • ‘‘When I was in college,’ says Alok, ‘my hostel warden used to help his wife hang out the laundry and all the boys would make fun of him, calling him henpecked.’’
    browbeaten, downtrodden, bullied, dominated, nagged, subjugated, oppressed, repressed, intimidated, ground down, without a mind of one's own, tied to someone's apron strings, under someone's heel
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