- to endeavor to influence (a person) by smooth, flattering, or beguiling words or acts: We wheedled him incessantly, but he would not consent.
- to persuade (a person) by such words or acts: She wheedled him into going with her.
- to obtain (something) by artful persuasions: I wheedled a new car out of my father.
- to use beguiling or artful persuasions: I always wheedle if I really need something.
Origin of wheedle
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Examples from the Web for wheedle
Many times he would approach a patient and wheedle his great head under the patient's hand.RIP Cobber
October 1, 2012
Instantly there flashes to mind the image of a carpet salesman in the Istanbul bazaar trying to wheedle me into his stall.So, When Do We Become a Third World Nation?
December 2, 2008
I believe you could wheedle anybody into doing what he shouldn't do.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
I will never leave you lest you should wheedle it from them.The Hound From The North
He came to see me; an' he thocht he could wheedle me aboot the organ i' the hoose o' God.St. Cuthbert's
Robert E. Knowles
We ought to be able to wheedle that gal out of a few stacks.David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
And do not think that you can wheedle either of them away from Black Bart.The Lady and the Pirate
- to persuade or try to persuade (someone) by coaxing words, flattery, etc
- (tr) to obtain by coaxing and flatteryshe wheedled some money out of her father
Word Origin and History for wheedle
"to influence by flattery," 1660s, perhaps connected with Old English wædlian "to beg" (from wædl "poverty"), or borrowed by English soldiers in the 17c. German wars from German wedeln "wag the tail," hence "fawn, flatter" (cf. adulation).