Wheedled
Wheedle Whee"dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wheedled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wheedling}.] [Cf. G. wedeln to wag with the tail, as a dog, wedel a fan, tail, brush, OHG. wadal; akin to G. wehen to blow, and E. wind, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. To entice by soft words; to cajole; to flatter; to coax. [1913 Webster]

The unlucky art of wheedling fools. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

And wheedle a world that loves him not. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. To grain, or get away, by flattery. [1913 Webster]

A deed of settlement of the best part of her estate, which I wheedled out of her. --Congreve. [1913 Webster]


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  • wheedled — whee·dle || hwɪːdl / w v. coax by flattery or enticement; obtain through flattery or seduction …   English contemporary dictionary

  • wheedle — wheedler, n. wheedlingly, adv. /hweed l, weed l/, v., wheedled, wheedling. v.t. 1. to endeavor to influence (a person) by smooth, flattering, or beguiling words or acts: We wheedled him incessantly, but he would not consent. 2. to persuade (a… …   Universalium

  • Wheedle — Whee dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wheedled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wheedling}.] [Cf. G. wedeln to wag with the tail, as a dog, wedel a fan, tail, brush, OHG. wadal; akin to G. wehen to blow, and E. wind, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. To entice by soft words; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wheedling — Wheedle Whee dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wheedled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wheedling}.] [Cf. G. wedeln to wag with the tail, as a dog, wedel a fan, tail, brush, OHG. wadal; akin to G. wehen to blow, and E. wind, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. To entice by soft… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wheedle — [[t](h)wi͟ːd(ə)l[/t]] wheedles, wheedling, wheedled VERB (disapproval) If you say that someone wheedles, you mean that they try to persuade someone to do or give them what they want, for example by saying nice things that they do not mean. Cross… …   English dictionary

  • wheedle — UK [ˈwiːd(ə)l] / US [ˈwɪd(ə)l] / US [ˈhwɪd(ə)l] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms wheedle : present tense I/you/we/they wheedle he/she/it wheedles present participle wheedling past tense wheedled past participle wheedled to persuade… …   English dictionary

  • wheedle — whee•dle [[t]ˈ(h)wid l, ˈwid l[/t]] v. dled, dling 1) to try to influence (a person) by flattering or beguiling words or acts; cajole 2) to persuade (a person) by such words or acts: She wheedled him into going with her[/ex] 3) to obtain… …   From formal English to slang

  • whee´dling|ly — whee|dle «HWEE duhl», verb, dled, dling. –v.t. 1. to persuade by flattery, smooth words, or caresses; coax: »The children wheedled their mother into letting them go to the picnic. SYNONYM(S): cajole, blandish. 2. to get by wheedling: »They… …   Useful english dictionary

  • whee´dler — whee|dle «HWEE duhl», verb, dled, dling. –v.t. 1. to persuade by flattery, smooth words, or caresses; coax: »The children wheedled their mother into letting them go to the picnic. SYNONYM(S): cajole, blandish. 2. to get by wheedling: »They… …   Useful english dictionary

  • whee|dle — «HWEE duhl», verb, dled, dling. –v.t. 1. to persuade by flattery, smooth words, or caresses; coax: »The children wheedled their mother into letting them go to the picnic. SYNONYM(S): cajole, blandish. 2. to get by wheedling: »They finally… …   Useful english dictionary

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