verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of flatter1
Related Words for flattererslackey, charmer, sycophant, toady, booster, bootlicker, puffer, backscratcher, flunkey, cajoler
Examples from the Web for flatterers
Contemporary Examples of flatterers
Johnson heard it all, and mischief-makers, flatterers, and his own paranoid imagination then invented even more.David's Bookclub: Mutual Contempt
April 28, 2013
Historical Examples of flatterers
But flatterers and petitioners were already after the triumphant young master.His Masterpiece
This just shows me how sensible I have been in never listening to flatterers.
This is the hour of darkness: the hour when flatterers rule and are believed.Past and Present
I suspect that your flatterers have not given you a fair chance.Old Ebenezer
We must keep our boys, as I said, from association with all bad men, but especially from flatterers.Plutarch's Morals
Word Origin for flatter
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.