verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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
Word Origin for flatter
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.