There are 2 main definitions of hector in English:

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hector 1

Pronunciation: /ˈhektər/


[with object]
Talk to (someone) in a bullying way: she doesn’t hector us about giving up things (as adjective hectoring) a brusque, hectoring manner
More example sentences
  • Indeed, we've come a long way from the ‘responsibility era’ that Junior has been hectoring us about for the last four years.
  • But the guy continued hectoring me to watch more episodes so that I might become enlightened and see the error of my ways.
  • 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.
bully, intimidate, browbeat, harass, torment, plague;
coerce, strong-arm;
threaten, menace
informal bulldoze



Pronunciation: /ˈhekt(ə)riNGlē/
Example sentences
  • His message - the persistence and evolving continuity of life - is hardly profound, yet it hectoringly pervades four volumes totalling over two thousand pages.
  • But for the most part the tone of the works on show alternates between the hectoringly political and the philosophically profound.
  • The treatment is well-judged, pointed but never hectoringly didactic, in a screenplay by the director's brother.


Late Middle English: from the Greek name 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 youths in London, England), hence 'talk to in a bullying way'.

Words that rhyme with hector

bisector, collector, connector, convector, corrector, defector, deflector, detector, director, ejector, elector, erector, injector, inspector, nectar, objector, perfecter, projector, prospector, protector, rector, reflector, rejector, respecter, sector, selector, Spector, spectre (US specter), vector
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Hector 2

Pronunciation: /ˈhektər/
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.
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