Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bully.
  • transitive v. To intimidate or dominate in a blustering way.
  • intransitive v. To behave like a bully; swagger.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bully; a blustering, turbulent, noisy fellow.
  • v. To intimidate or dominate in a blustering way.
  • v. To behave like a bully; swagger.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bully; a blustering, turbulent, insolent, fellow; one who vexes or provokes.
  • intransitive v. To play the bully; to bluster; to be turbulent or insolent.
  • transitive v. To treat with insolence; to threaten; to bully; hence, to torment by words; to tease; to taunt; to worry or irritate by bullying.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To treat with insolence; threaten; bully.
  • To find fault with; fret at; chide; scold.
  • Synonyms To fret, worry, annoy, beset, provoke, irritate.
  • To play the bully; bluster; be turbulent or insolent.
  • n. A bully; a blustering, turbulent, noisy fellow.
  • n. One who teases or vexes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Greek mythology) a mythical Trojan who was killed by Achilles during the Trojan War
  • v. be bossy towards

Etymologies

Latin Hectōr, Hektor, from Greek Hektōr.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hector, character in the Iliad. (Wiktionary)

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Used recently by George Bush, CBS news

    March 29, 2008

  • "Hector the Hero" is an old and very nice fiddle tune.

    February 9, 2008

  • Also, a noun... "a bully"

    or a verb... "to bully"

    November 16, 2007