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.
verb (used with object)
(lowercase) to treat with insolence; bully; torment: The teacher hectored his students incessantly.
verb (used without object)
(lowercase) to act in a blustering, domineering way; be a bully.

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

4. torture, persecute; badger, harass.
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hector (ˈhɛktə)
1.  to bully or torment
2.  a blustering bully
[C17: after Hector (the son of Priam), in the sense: a bully]

Hector (ˈhɛktə)
classical myth a son of King Priam of Troy, who was killed by Achilles

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "a valiant warrior," 1650s as slang for "a blustering, turbulent, pervicacious, noisy fellow" [Johnson], both in allusion to the provocative character of Hektor, Trojan hero, oldest son of Priam and Hecuba, in the "Iliad." It represents Gk. hektor, lit. "holder, stayer;" an agent noun from
ekhein "to have, hold, possess." As a proper name, rare in England but used in Scotland to render Gael. Eachdonn.
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Hector definition

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

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Example sentences
Minus the filter, which erases low frequencies from the audio signal, the tracks were laced with a hectoring hiss.
They suggest that hectoring sceptical citizens is part of a long tradition.
Instead of hectoring members to switch off their mobiles, it simply asks for phones to be put on silent mode.
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