Main definitions of hector in English

: hector1Hector2

hector1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Talk to (someone) in a bullying way.

    ‘she doesn't hector us about giving up things’
    ‘a brusque, hectoring manner’
    • ‘Like a blustering, hectoring aunt at a family gathering, he won't be missed by most.’
    • ‘Swett also hectored Smith for voting for a Senate pay raise after promising not to do so.’
    • ‘He never used important names to get his way or hectored people on their behalf.’
    • ‘In this situation, the solution to full trains is apparently to hector people not to get on; the solution to full platforms is to stop people getting down to the platform; the solution to crowded stations is to close the station.’
    • ‘You can't believe how many young people dressed up as thistles or Proust hectored you in the streets.’
    • ‘I am hectored by this stark materialist warning each time I start typing something to post when supposedly at work.’
    • ‘But commandeering my computer for an entire week in order to hector me into giving them more personal information is unconscionable.’
    • ‘Fair enough - if listening to him hectoring us about scarce resources and carbon emissions is what it takes to conserve the planet then it's a price worth paying.’
    • ‘But the guy continued hectoring me to watch more episodes so that I might become enlightened and see the error of my ways.’
    • ‘I was hectored for buying into such ‘conspiracy theories.’’
    • ‘One can do a fair bit of damage energetically hectoring someone to speak them, but perhaps just as much damage by pretending they don't exist.’
    • ‘Preston just hectors boring people without saying anything particularly interesting.’
    • ‘It continually baffles me why anyone with such an obvious interest in weblog usability would continually hector their poor readers with the kind of interminable prose that you do.’
    • ‘These people form political groupings, accept positions in the Government or candidacies in the parties - both conceded in order to seduce us - and they hector us to take part in elections.’
    • ‘Indeed, we've come a long way from the ‘responsibility era’ that Junior has been hectoring us about for the last four years.’
    • ‘And for this reason she hectored him knowing how difficult and balky he tended to be, especially towards her.’
    • ‘In spite of serious differences, nations should approach their problems with the basic temper of peace and not in a threatening and hectoring mood.’
    • ‘Far from hectoring us about the greenhouse effect, the work evokes a kind of polluted beauty - or beauty in pollution - akin to seeing a rainbow in a pool of oil.’
    • ‘There's even hope for losers, four of whom hectored him to the point where he let them participate for $450 each, far below Ronnie's cost.’
    • ‘He avoids moralising and hectoring his readers, going instead for strong uncomplicated identification with his leading character.’
    bully, intimidate, browbeat, cow, badger, chivvy, harass, torment, plague
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Origin

Late Middle English: from the Trojan warrior Hector. Originally denoting a hero, the sense later became ‘braggart or bully’ (applied in the late 17th century to a member of a gang of London youths), hence ‘talk to in a bullying way’.

Pronunciation

hector

/ˈhektər//ˈhɛktər/

Main definitions of hector in English

: hector1Hector2

Hector2

proper noun

Greek Mythology
  • A Trojan warrior, son of Priam and Hecuba and husband of Andromache. He was killed by Achilles, who dragged his body behind his chariot three times around the walls of Troy.

Pronunciation

Hector

/ˈhɛktər//ˈhektər/