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Domineering wife and submissive husband

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)