verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of flatter1
British Dictionary definitions for flatterable (1 of 2)
Word Origin for flatter
British Dictionary definitions for flatterable (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for flatterable
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.