- to try to please by complimentary remarks or attention.
- to praise or compliment insincerely, effusively, or excessively: She flatters him by constantly praising his books.
- to represent favorably; gratify by falsification: The portrait flatters her.
- to show to advantage: a hairstyle that flatters the face.
- to play upon the vanity or susceptibilities of; cajole, wheedle, or beguile: They flattered him into contributing heavily to the foundation.
- to please or gratify by compliments or attentions: I was flattered by their invitation.
- to feel satisfaction with (oneself), especially with reference to an accomplishment, act, or occasion: He flattered himself that the dinner had gone well.
- to beguile with hope; encourage prematurely, falsely, etc.
- to use flattery.
Origin of flatter1
Related Words for flattererlackey, charmer, sycophant, toady, booster, bootlicker, puffer, backscratcher, flunkey, cajoler
Examples from the Web for flatterer
Historical Examples of flatterer
It is no flatterer, it is no follower; it never appeals from itself.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"And a flatterer like yourself, you mean," said his lordship.John Splendid
But trust her not, when she speaks of me, for she is a flatterer.The Substance of a Dream
F. W. Bain
How beautiful a girl she must now be if that photograph was no flatterer!Warrior Gap
Tzu-kung said, Poor, but no flatterer; rich, but not proud: how would that be?The Sayings Of Confucius
- to praise insincerely, esp in order to win favour or reward
- to show to advantagethat dress flatters her
- (tr) to make to appear more attractive, etc, than in reality
- to play upon or gratify the vanity of (a person)it flatters her to be remembered
- (tr) to beguile with hope; encourage, esp falselythis success flattered him into believing himself a champion
- (tr) to congratulate or deceive (oneself)I flatter myself that I am the best
Word Origin for flatter
- a blacksmith's tool, resembling a flat-faced hammer, that is placed on forged work and struck to smooth the surface of the forging
- a die with a narrow rectangular orifice for drawing flat sections
mid-14c., agent noun from flatter. Fem. form flatteress is attested from late 14c.-18c.
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.