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wheedle

[hweed-l, weed-l]
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verb (used with object), whee·dled, whee·dling.
  1. to endeavor to influence (a person) by smooth, flattering, or beguiling words or acts: We wheedled him incessantly, but he would not consent.
  2. to persuade (a person) by such words or acts: She wheedled him into going with her.
  3. to obtain (something) by artful persuasions: I wheedled a new car out of my father.
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verb (used without object), whee·dled, whee·dling.
  1. to use beguiling or artful persuasions: I always wheedle if I really need something.
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Origin of wheedle

First recorded in 1655–65; origin uncertain
Related formswhee·dler, nounwhee·dling·ly, adverbun·whee·dled, adjective

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Related Words

charmer, lurer, siren, tempter, persuader, wheedler

Examples from the Web for wheedler

Historical Examples

  • Marianne shook her head, told him he was a wheedler, and went to fetch the cherries.

    Popular Tales

    Madame Guizot

  • "Just hear this wheedler with her 'Nothing is impossible to you, M. de Maillefort,'" said the marquis, smiling.

    Pride

    Eugne Sue

  • Wheedler or not, Robinette got her fire to dress by, and so was able to come down in the morning feeling tolerably warm.

    Robinetta

    Kate Douglas Wiggin


British Dictionary definitions for wheedler

wheedle

verb
  1. to persuade or try to persuade (someone) by coaxing words, flattery, etc
  2. (tr) to obtain by coaxing and flatteryshe wheedled some money out of her father
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Derived Formswheedler, nounwheedling, adjectivewheedlingly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: perhaps from German wedeln to wag one's tail, from Old High German wedil, wadil tail
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Word Origin and History for wheedler

wheedle

v.

"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).

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