verb (used with object), whee·dled, whee·dling.
verb (used without object), whee·dled, whee·dling.
Origin of wheedle
Synonyms for wheedle
Related Words for wheedlingfinagle, cajole, draw, oil, court, coax, seduce, flatter, banter, snow, inveigle, persuade, charm, entice, sweet-talk, blandish, kowtow, soap, con, soft-soap
Examples from the Web for wheedling
Historical Examples of wheedling
Beneath his wheedling air there was the determination to devour everything.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
He no longer treated Bongrand in the wheedling, respectful manner of yore.His Masterpiece
Again did she give vent to a dry laugh which distorted her wheedling face.Fruitfulness
Matthew caught his breath, and changed his wheedling tone all at once.The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals
Ann S. Stephens
"Sit here by me," urged Justin, in a wheedling tone, and placed a chair for her.Glory of Youth
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).