September 06, 2013
hector (verb)
\HEK-ter\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to behave in a very proud manner; especially : to walk with a proud strut2 : to frighten by threatening or bullying
How do you use it?
Even though he had just pitched a no-hit game, Daryl was too sportsmanlike to hector in front of the other team.
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The verb "hector" comes from a name. Who do you think was the person whose name inspired the word "hector"?

You get bragging rights if you picked B. In the Greek poet Homer's epic poem the _Iliad_, the Trojan hero Hector is portrayed as the ideal warrior and a noble human being. However, in the late 1600s, a group of bullies that appeared on the streets of London became known as "Hectors." They thought of themselves as gallant, daring young men, but everyone else saw them as boastful troublemakers who waved their swords around and threatened peaceful citizens. Because of this, the noun "hector" came to mean a person who brags and bullies others. Shortly afterwards, it gave rise to the verb "hector," meaning "to strut proudly" and "to bully."
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