Wheedle

  • 1 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

  • 2 Wheedle — Whee dle, v. i. To flatter; to coax; to cajole. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 wheedle — index inveigle Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 wheedle — to influence by flattery, 1661, perhaps connected with O.E. wædlian to beg (from wædl poverty ), or borrowed by Eng. soldiers in the 17c. German wars from Ger. wedeln wag the tail, hence fawn, flatter (Cf. ADULATION (Cf. adulation)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 wheedle — blandish, cajole, *coax Analogous words: entice, inveigle, *lure, seduce, decoy Contrasted words: bully, browbeat, bulldoze, cow, *intimidate …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 wheedle — [v] talk into banter, blandish, butter up*, cajole, charm, coax, con, court, draw, entice, finagle, flatter, inveigle, kowtow*, lay it on*, oil*, persuade, seduce, snow*, soap*, soften up*, soft soap*, spread it on*, sweeten up*, sweet talk*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 wheedle — ► VERB ▪ use endearments or flattery to persuade someone to do something. ORIGIN perhaps from German wedeln cringe, fawn …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 wheedle — [hwēd′ l, wēd′ l] vt., vi. wheedled, wheedling [17th c. cant < ? Ger wedeln, to wag the tail, fan, hence to flatter < wedel, a fan, tail] 1. to influence or persuade (a person) by flattery, soothing words, coaxing, etc. 2. to get… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 Wheedle — The Wheedle was originally the title character of a popular children s book by Seattle author Stephen Cosgrove. The character eventually evolved into a popular mascot generally associated with the city of Seattle. Children s Book Character The… …

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  • 10 wheedle — v. 1) (d; tr.) to wheedle from, out of (to wheedle information from smb.) 2) (d; tr.) to wheedle into (to wheedle smb. into doing smt.) * * * [ wiːdl] out of (to wheedle information from smb.) (d; tr.) to wheedle from (d; tr.) to wheedle into (to …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 wheedle — whee|dle [ˈwi:dl] v [T] [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Perhaps from German wedeln to wag the tail, be willing to do what others want ] to persuade someone to do or give you something, for example by saying nice things to them that you do not mean used …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 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

  • 13 wheedle — verb (I, T) to try to persuade someone by saying pleasant things which you do not mean: a wheedling voice | wheedle sb into doing sth: He wheedled me into paying. | wheedle sth from/out of sb: She managed to wheedle an extra day s pay out of him …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 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

  • 15 wheedle — verb (wheedled; wheedling) Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1661 transitive verb 1. to influence or entice by soft words or flattery 2. to gain or get by wheedling < wheedle one s way into favor > intransitive verb to use soft words or… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 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

  • 17 wheedle — verb /ˈwiː.dəl/ a) To cajole or attempt to persuade by flattery. Id like one of those, too, if you can wheedle him into telling you where he got it. b) To obtain something by guile or trickery …

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  • 18 wheedle — whee|dle [ widl, hwidl ] verb intransitive or transitive to persuade someone using tricks, lies, or FLATTERY (=praise that is not sincere): Try and wheedle a few extra dollars out of him …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 wheedle — Synonyms and related words: adulate, advocate, apply pressure, banter, beset, besiege, beslobber, beslubber, blandish, blarney, bug, buttonhole, cajole, call on, call upon, coax, compliment, con, conceit, dun, exert pressure, exhort, fawn upon,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 wheedle — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. coax, cajole, persuade; court, humor, flatter. See servility, flattery. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. coax, flatter, cajole; see beg 1 , coax , urge 2 . See Synonym Study at coax . III (Roget s 3… …

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