- Classical Mythology. the eldest son of Priam and husband of Andromache: the greatest Trojan hero in the Trojan War, killed by Achilles.
- (lowercase) a blustering, domineering person; a bully.
- a male given name.
- (lowercase) to treat with insolence; bully; torment: The teacher hectored his students incessantly.
- (lowercase) to act in a blustering, domineering way; be a bully.
Origin of Hector
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Examples from the Web for hector
Outside, they killed Hector McMillan, a Canadian missionary, before joining the ranks of the fleeing rebels.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
“The United States v. Hector Monsegur,” Judge Loretta Preska said.How Sabu the Hacker Rat Manipulated a Good-Hearted Judge
May 28, 2014
On Tuesday, it was Hector Pagan, ex-husband of Mob Wives star Renee Graziano.'Mob Wives’ Courtroom Drama Exposes Rat, But Protects Jury
March 12, 2014
“Then maybe you should take up laundering yourself, Billy,” says Hector quietly.
One celebrated English author has gone that far already: “Plus another thing, Hector!”
Hector, the bulwark of Troy, had fallen, and the ruin of the city was at hand.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
If the Devil did not run away with Hector Marot, pray who did?Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Even Hector cut his stick (with Achilles after him) at the siege of Troy.The Comic Latin Grammar
She will have but a poor opinion of me, if I do not appear an offended Hector!The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
Hector Hall interposed, his voice a growl between his teeth.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
- to bully or torment
- a blustering bully
- classical myth a son of King Priam of Troy, who was killed by Achilles
Word Origin and History for hector
late 14c., "a valiant warrior," 1650s as slang for "a blustering, turbulent, pervicacious, noisy fellow" [Johnson], Heck for short, both in reference to the provocative character of Hektor, Trojan hero, oldest son of Priam and Hecuba, in the "Iliad." It represents Greek hektor, literally "holder, stayer;" an agent noun from ekhein "to have, hold, possess" (see scheme). The word was used mid-1600s in reference to London street gangs. As a proper name it is rare in England but used in Scotland to render Gaelic Eachdonn.
1650s, from Hector (n.), in reference to his encouragement of his fellow Trojans to keep up the fight. Related: Hectored; hectoring.