verb (used with object), whee·dled, whee·dling.
verb (used without object), whee·dled, whee·dling.
- wheatstone bridge,
- wheatstone, sir charles,
- wheel and axle,
- wheel and deal,
- wheel animalcule,
- wheel back
Origin of wheedle
Examples from the Web for wheedle
Many times he would approach a patient and wheedle his great head under the patient's hand.
Instantly there flashes to mind the image of a carpet salesman in the Istanbul bazaar trying to wheedle me into his stall.
I have seen you wheedle an angry Mahdieh woman into giving you dates.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition|Rudyard Kipling
He had need to, for Sam borrowed what he could and stole what he could not wheedle.The Cup of Fury|Rupert Hughes
OUR rhetorical magician, in his paper of January the 9th continues to wheedle.Novanglus, and Massachusettensis|John Adams
"Taradididdle, don't think for to wheedle me with your debts and your honour," said the dame, in a passion.Paul Clifford, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He came to see me; an' he thocht he could wheedle me aboot the organ i' the hoose o' God.St. Cuthbert's|Robert E. Knowles
Word Origin for wheedle
"to influence by flattery," 1660s, perhaps connected with Old English wædlian "to beg" (from wædl "poverty"), or borrowed by English soldiers in the 17c. German wars from German wedeln "wag the tail," hence "fawn, flatter" (cf. adulation).