[ hweed-l, weed-l ]
/ ˈʰwid l, ˈwid l /
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verb (used with object), whee·dled, whee·dling.

to endeavor to influence (a person) by smooth, flattering, or beguiling words or acts: We wheedled him incessantly, but he would not consent.
to persuade (a person) by such words or acts: She wheedled him into going with her.
to obtain (something) by artful persuasions: I wheedled a new car out of my father.

verb (used without object), whee·dled, whee·dling.

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
wheedler, nounwhee·dling·ly, adverbun·whee·dled, adjective
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  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for wheedle

/ (ˈwiːdəl) /


to persuade or try to persuade (someone) by coaxing words, flattery, etc
(tr) to obtain by coaxing and flatteryshe wheedled some money out of her father
wheedler, nounwheedling, adjectivewheedlingly, adverb
C17: perhaps from German wedeln to wag one's tail, from Old High German wedil, wadil tail
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