noun hec·tor \ˈhek-tər\

Definition of HECTOR

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

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

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

Rhymes with HECTOR



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

hec·toredhec·tor·ing \-t(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of HECTOR

intransitive verb
:  to play the bully :  swagger
transitive verb
:  to intimidate or harass by bluster or personal pressure
hec·tor·ing·ly \-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>

First Known Use of HECTOR


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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