Posted by ESC on April 22, 2003
In Reply to: Domineering wife and submissive husband posted by TheFallen on April 21, 2003
: : : : What other words or expressions can we use to describe a domineering wife and a submissive husband? Thanks.
: : : A good match?
: : : A domineering wife - shrew. Submissive husband -- Caspar Milquetoast, henpecked.
: : Jezebel for a controlling influence
: She wears the pants in that household. There's also the rather coarse adjective to describe an overly meek husband - "pussywhipped".
Shrew: battleaxe, harpy, spitfire, termagant, virago, vixen, xanthippe.
Weakling: milksop, milquetoast, mollycoddle, pantywaist, pushover, wimp.
From "The Writer's Digest Flip Dictionary: for when you know what you want to say but can't think of the word," by Barbara Ann Kipfer, Ph.D., (Writer's Digest Books, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2000)