[hek-ter] /ˈhɛk tər/

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.
to bully or torment
a blustering bully
(classical myth) a son of King Priam of Troy, who was killed by Achilles

late 14c., “a valiant warrior,” 1650s as slang for “a blustering, turbulent, pervicacious, noisy fellow” [Johnson], Heck for short, both in reference to the provocative character of Hektor, Trojan hero, oldest son of Priam and Hecuba, in the “Iliad.” It represents Greek hektor, literally “holder, stayer;” an agent noun from ekhein “to have, hold, possess” (see scheme). The word was used mid-1600s in reference to London street gangs. As a proper name it is rare in England but used in Scotland to render Gaelic Eachdonn.

1650s, from Hector (n.), in reference to his encouragement of his fellow Trojans to keep up the fight. Related: Hectored; hectoring.

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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