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flatter2

[flat-er] /ˈflæt ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that makes something flat.
2.
a flat-faced blacksmith's tool, laid on a forging and struck with a hammer to smooth the surface of the forging.
3.
a drawplate with a flat orifice for drawing flat metal strips, as for watch springs.
Origin of flatter2
1705-1715
1705-15; flat1 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for flatter's

flatter1

/ˈflætə/
verb
1.
to praise insincerely, esp in order to win favour or reward
2.
to show to advantage: that dress flatters her
3.
(transitive) to make to appear more attractive, etc, than in reality
4.
to play upon or gratify the vanity of (a person): it flatters her to be remembered
5.
(transitive) to beguile with hope; encourage, esp falsely: this success flattered him into believing himself a champion
6.
(transitive) to congratulate or deceive (oneself): I flatter myself that I am the best
Derived Forms
flatterable, adjective
flatterer, noun
flatteringly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: probably from Old French flater to lick, fawn upon, of Frankish origin

flatter2

/ˈflætə/
noun
1.
a blacksmith's tool, resembling a flat-faced hammer, that is placed on forged work and struck to smooth the surface of the forging
2.
a die with a narrow rectangular orifice for drawing flat sections
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Word Origin and History for flatter's

flatter

v.

early 13c., from Old French flater "to flatter" (13c.), originally "stroke with the hand, caress," from Frankish *flat "palm, flat of the hand" (see flat (adj.)). "[O]ne of many imitative verbs beginning with fl- and denoting unsteady or light, repeated movement" [Liberman]. Related: Flattered; flattering.

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