Brow·beat v. t. [imp. Browbeat; p. p. Browbeaten p. pr. & vb. n. Browbeating.] To depress or bear down with haughty, stern looks, or with arrogant speech and dogmatic assertions; to abash or disconcert by impudent or abusive words or looks; to bully; as, to browbeat witnesses.
My grandfather was not a man to be browbeaten. --W. Irving.
v 1: be bossy towards; "Her big brother always bullied her when
she was young" [syn: strong-arm, bully, bullyrag,
ballyrag, boss around, hector, push around]
2: discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner;
intimidate [syn: bully, swagger]
adj : frightened into submission or compliance [syn: bullied, cowed,