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  1. Classical Mythology. the eldest son of Priam and husband of Andromache: the greatest Trojan hero in the Trojan War, killed by Achilles.
  2. (lowercase) a blustering, domineering person; a bully.
  3. a male given name.
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verb (used with object)
  1. (lowercase) to treat with insolence; bully; torment: The teacher hectored his students incessantly.
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verb (used without object)
  1. (lowercase) to act in a blustering, domineering way; be a bully.
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Origin of Hector

< Latin < Greek Héktōr, special use of adj. héktōr holding fast


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  1. to bully or torment
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  1. a blustering bully
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Word Origin

C17: after Hector (the son of Priam), in the sense: a bully


  1. classical myth a son of King Priam of Troy, who was killed by Achilles
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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.

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1650s, from Hector (n.), in reference to his encouragement of his fellow Trojans to keep up the fight. Related: Hectored; hectoring.

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hector in Culture


In classical mythology, a prince of Troy and the bravest of the Trojan warriors. At the end of the Trojan War (see also Trojan War), Achilles killed Hector and then dragged his body behind a chariot around the walls of Troy.

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