[ weed-l, hweed-l ]
/ ˈwid l, ˈʰwid 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
OTHER WORDS FROM wheedlewhee·dler, nounwhee·dling·ly, adverbun·whee·dled, adjective
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How to use wheedle in a sentence
Sadly, it sounded a little wheedling rather than simply right (which he is).The Ugly Truth About Ugly Politicians|Tim Teeman|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"No compriendo," he stammered, though I had heard him use good-enough English of a sort in wheedling for tips.Where the Pavement Ends|John Russell
The lady in nankeen now began, in a wheedling, coaxing voice, to beg 'Kate' to appear.The Mysteries of All Nations|James Grant
I think she must have had a kind of notion that it was a coaxing, wheedling little stool.The Cricket on the Hearth|Charles Dickens
He had a way of speaking that sounded uncivil to ears attuned to the soft Irish accent and the wheedling tone.The Wild Geese|Stanley John Weyman
The reason he was now become so wheedling and she so mysterious was (in brief) that they knew they were about to be sent to bed.The Little White Bird|J. M. Barrie
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
Derived forms of wheedlewheedler, nounwheedling, adjectivewheedlingly, adverb
Word Origin for wheedle
C17: perhaps from German wedeln to wag one's tail, from Old High German wedil, wadil tail
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