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EtymologyEdit

hen +‎ peck

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈhɛn.pɛk/
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henpeck (third-person singular simple present henpecks, present participle henpecking, simple past and past participle henpecked)

  1. (chiefly by a wife) To nag persistently.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, I:
      Oh! ye lords of ladies intellectual, / Inform us truly, have they not hen-peck'd you all?

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henpeck (plural henpecks)

  1. (rare) A man who is meekly subservient to his wife.
    • 1985, James Mallahan Cain, ‎Roy Hoopes, ‎Michael Hinden, 60 Years of Journalism (page 40)
      The moment he allows the emphasis to swing the other way he becomes a sit-by-the-fire, a cockerel, a drone, a henpeck. A woman steps into this man's sphere at her peril.