verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- flatter oneself,
Origin of flatter1
Origin of flatter2
adjective, flat·ter, flat·test.
- (of a tone) lowered a half step in pitch: B flat.
- below an intended pitch, as a note; too low (opposed to sharp).
- cut with little or no fullness.
- trimmed as nearly fore-and-aft as possible, for sailing to windward.
- (in musical notation) the character ♭, which when attached to a note or to a staff degree lowers its significance one chromatic half step.
- a tone one chromatic half step below another: The flat of B is B flat.
- (on keyboard instruments, with reference to any given note) the key next below or to the left.
- Also called platform.a partial deck between two full decks.
- a low, flat barge or lighter.
- a broad, flat piece of iron or steel for overlapping and joining two plates at their edges.
- a straight timber in a frame or other assembly of generally curved timbers.
verb (used with object), flat·ted, flat·ting.
verb (used without object), flat·ted, flat·ting.
Origin of flat1
Examples from the Web for flatter
Americans may flatter themselves that they are governed more lightly than other advanced countries.
Book three will have to contend with postmodern times—the end of history, and the birth of a greyer, flatter world.
My suggestion to conservative writers: candidates for high office are already surrounded by people paid to flatter them.
In recent years, Wall Street investors have managed to flatter themselves with talk of being “job creators” and “risk takers.”Jack Hitt Examines Why Amateurs Are the Job Creators|Jack Hitt|June 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It goes without saying that the media landscape will be flatter.
I dread to flatter myself and to be disappointed, I will write again, dearest mother, to-morrow.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
His aunt's letter was evidently meant to please him and flatter his vanity, and she did not once refer to matters of business.Cecilia|F. Marion Crawford
"You are a good woman, Mrs. Bays," continued Dic, with a deliberate and base intent to flatter.A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties|Charles Major
Antigua is lower, longer, and flatter than the other islands.At Last|Charles Kingsley
Popular Prejudice has the natural instinct of yielding to any little weakness that may be imagined to flatter a Man.Female Warriors, Vol. I (of 2)|Ellen C. Clayton
Word Origin for flatter
adjective flatter or flattest
- (of races, racetracks, or racecourses) not having obstacles to be jumped
- of, relating to, or connected with flat racing as opposed to steeplechasing and hurdlingflat jockeys earn more
- (immediately postpositive)denoting a note of a given letter name (or the sound it represents) that has been lowered in pitch by one chromatic semitoneB flat
- (of an instrument, voice, etc) out of tune by being too low in pitchCompare sharp (def. 12)
- lower than a standard pitch
- too low in pitchshe sings flat Compare sharp (def. 18)
- with the maximum speed or effort
- totally exhausted
- an accidental that lowers the pitch of the following note by one chromatic semitoneUsual symbol: ♭
- a note affected by this accidentalCompare sharp (def. 19)
- flat racing, esp as opposed to steeplechasing and hurdling
- the season of flat racing
verb flats, flatting or flatted
Word Origin for flat
verb flats, flatting or flatted (intr)
Word Origin for flat
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.
early 14c., from Old Norse flatr, from Proto-Germanic *flataz (cf. Old Saxon flat "flat, shallow,: Old High German flaz "flat, level," Old English flet, Old High German flezzi "floor"), perhaps from PIE *plat- "to spread" (cf. Greek platys "broad, flat;" see plaice (n.)).
Sense of "prosaic, dull" is from 1570s; used of drink from c.1600; of musical notes from 1590s, because the tone is "lowered." Flat-out (adv.) "openly, directly" is from 1932; earlier it was a noun meaning "total failure" (1870, U.S. colloquial).
1801, from Scottish flat "floor or story of a house," from Old English flet "a dwelling, floor, ground," from the same source as flat (adj.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with flat
- flat as a pancake
- flat broke
- flat on one's back
- flat out
- caught flat-footed
- fall flat
- in no time (nothing flat)
- leave flat