[ hek-ter ]
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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.

  1. a male given name.

verb (used with object)
  1. (lowercase) to treat with insolence; bully; torment: The teacher hectored his students incessantly.

verb (used without object)
  1. (lowercase) to act in a blustering, domineering way; be a bully.

Origin of Hector

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

Other words for Hector

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How to use Hector in a sentence

  • Such a person is usually hectoring towards his inferiors and servile to those above him.

    The Great Mogul | Louis Tracy
  • I choose between a man of courtesy and a silly, hectoring boy.

    Lochinvar | S. R. Crockett
  • But there was that in the hectoring tone of Gilbert Scarlett which he did not like.

  • He had been sternly prohibited from "hectoring" the little maid, and the prohibition sat heavily upon him.

    The Brass Bound Box | Evelyn Raymond
  • He hath a loud and hectoring voice; he assumes, to suit his own purposes, the possession of learning and piety.

    The Lady of Lynn | Walter Besant

British Dictionary definitions for hector (1 of 2)


/ (ˈhɛktə) /

  1. to bully or torment

  1. a blustering bully

Origin of hector

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

British Dictionary definitions for Hector (2 of 2)


/ (ˈhɛktə) /

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

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Cultural definitions for Hector


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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