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 wheedling
In the end a covetous man succeeded in wheedling Tchaikov away from us.With the Judans in the Palestine Campaign|J. H. (John Henry) Patterson
To write a wheedling letter is to write false and flattering words for the attainment of an end.The Real Shelley, Vol. II (of 2)|John Cordy Jeaffreson
No amount of tears or storming or wheedling or pleading, however, could alter Doctor Hugh's decision.Rosemary|Josephine Lawrence
In the darkness he heard chiming voices, wheedling and tantalizing.Where the Blue Begins|Christopher Morley
The thin, wrinkled old face twisted into a hopeful, wheedling smile.Once to Every Man|Larry Evans
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).