Definition of


  1. (verb, communication) discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
  2. (verb, emotion) be bossy towards

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Alternate forms of Browbeat

Hyponyms: domineer, tyrannise, tyrannize

Hypernyms: blarney, cajole, coax, intimidate, inveigle, palaver, sweet-talk, wheedle

Origin of the word Browbeat

  1. "to bully," originally "to bear down with stern or arrogant looks," 1580s, from brow + beat (v.).
    "[I]t appears from the earliest quotations ... that the brow in question was that of the beater, not of the beaten party; but it is not evident whether the meaning was 'to beat with one's (frowning) brows,' or 'to beat (?lower) one's brows at.'" [OED]more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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