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henpecked

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EtymologyEdit

hen +‎ pecked

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  • IPA(key): /ˈhɛnpɛkt/
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  • Hyphenation: hen‧pecked

AdjectiveEdit

henpecked (comparative more henpecked, superlative most henpecked)

  1. Particularly of husbands, plagued or overwhelmed by a nagging or overbearing wife.
    • 1884, Henry James, "The Author of Beltraffio" in The English Illustrated Magazine 1 (9–10) (June–July 1884).
      "I noticed that he addressed her as 'My dear,' very genially, without any trace of resentment.... The quickness of the transition made me vaguely ask myself whether he were henpecked,—a shocking conjecture, which I instantly dismissed."

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