MEANING: verb tr.: To criticize, nag, pester, etc. in a persistent manner.

ETYMOLOGY: The word hen has been used for a woman or a girl for a long time (1555). So has the verb peck for nagging (1641). Earliest documented use for the verb henpeck: 1677.

NOTES: The word is often used in reference to a wife nagging her husband. A henpecked husband is one considered subservient to his wife and a chickenpecked parent is one nagged, harassed, or bullied by a child.

THENPECK - what you do at a typewriter after youhunt

HANPECK - a Solo air-kiss

HENDECK - where Noah stowed the egg-layers on the ark