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hector

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noun hec·tor \ˈhek-tər\

Definition of hector

  1. 1 capitalized :  a son of Priam, husband of Andromache, and Trojan champion slain by Achilles

  2. 2 :  bully, braggart



Examples of hector

  1. <a small-town hector with no job and lots of time on his hands>



Origin of hector

Latin, from Greek Hektōr


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with hector


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hector

verb hec·tor

Simple Definition of hector

  • : to criticize or question (someone) in a threatening way

Full Definition of hector

hec·toredhec·tor·ing play \-t(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to play the bully :  swagger

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to intimidate or harass by bluster or personal pressure

hec·tor·ing·ly play \-t(ə-)riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of hector

  1. The judge ordered the attorney to stop hectoring the witness.

  2. <the children used to constantly hector the poor dog, and now he growls at everybody>



1660

First Known Use of hector

1660

Synonym Discussion of hector

bait, badger, heckle, hector, chivy, hound mean to harass by efforts to break down. bait implies wanton cruelty or delight in persecuting a helpless victim <baited the chained dog>. badger implies pestering so as to drive a person to confusion or frenzy <badgered her father for a car>. heckle implies persistent annoying or belligerent interruptions of a speaker <drunks heckled the stand-up comic>. hector carries an implication of bullying and domineering <football players hectored by their coach>. chivy suggests persecution by teasing or nagging <chivied the new student mercilessly>. hound implies unrelenting pursuit and harassing <hounded by creditors>.


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