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flatter2

[flat-er]
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.
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Origin of flatter2

First recorded in 1705–15; flat1 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for flatter's

flatter1

verb
  1. to praise insincerely, esp in order to win favour or reward
  2. to show to advantagethat dress flatters her
  3. (tr) 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. (tr) to beguile with hope; encourage, esp falselythis success flattered him into believing himself a champion
  6. (tr) to congratulate or deceive (oneself)I flatter myself that I am the best
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Derived Formsflatterable, adjectiveflatterer, nounflatteringly, adverb

Word Origin

C13: probably from Old French flater to lick, fawn upon, of Frankish origin

flatter2

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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