- 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 wheedler
Marianne shook her head, told him he was a wheedler, and went to fetch the cherries.Popular Tales
"Just hear this wheedler with her 'Nothing is impossible to you, M. de Maillefort,'" said the marquis, smiling.Pride
Wheedler or not, Robinette got her fire to dress by, and so was able to come down in the morning feeling tolerably warm.Robinetta
Kate Douglas Wiggin
- 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 wheedler
"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).