verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of flatter1
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.