- 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.
- to use beguiling or artful persuasions: I always wheedle if I really need something.
Origin of wheedle
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Related Wordsfinagle, 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
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
- 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
Word Origin and History for wheedling
"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).