- 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 hectoring
They thanked him profusely for his public service, apologized for Republican hectoring, and complained about decorum.House Republicans Take on John Koskinen: Scenes From an IRS Sideshow
June 24, 2014
You can't imagine those words being spoken by the hectoring Belfort.The Real Wolf of Wall Street: Jordan Belfort’s Vulgar Memoirs
December 20, 2013
Democrats' didn't get the allegiance of women by hectoring them, by saying take off that apron, GOP housewives, and join us.Los Republicanos
November 8, 2012
Do Not Ask What Good We Do accomplishes in 300 pages what 300 hours of hectoring cable news hosts cannot.Robert Draper Talks New Book Inside the Tea Party House
April 24, 2012
West gained a lot of female fans last July when he sent Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) a hectoring email.
Scorn of that lie—as he conceived it—rang in the heavy, hectoring voice.Captain Blood
Nancy was hectoring it over him and pulling him about to make him presentable.The Manxman
Even in such an hour as this the habit of hectoring cruelty remained him.The Shame of Motley
He laughed as Swope struck out at him, and continued his hectoring banter.Hidden Water
Odi profanum vulgus, I hate your swearing and hectoring fellows.The Biglow Papers
James Russell Lowell
- 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 hectoring
1650s, from Hector (n.), in reference to his encouragement of his fellow Trojans to keep up the fight. Related: Hectored; hectoring.
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.