Etymology
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henpecked (adj.)

said of a husband whose wife rules him by superior force of will, 1670s, an image from hen + peck (v.).

The henpect Man rides behind his Wife, and lets her wear the Spurs and govern the Reins. [Samuel Butler, "Genuine Remains," 1759]

The verb henpeck (1680s) apparently is a back-formation.

updated on September 25, 2018

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Definitions of henpecked from WordNet

henpecked (adj.)
harassed by persistent nagging;
Synonyms: dominated
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