wheedle

[ hweed-l, weed-l ]
/ ˈʰwid l, ˈwid l /

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.

Origin of wheedle

First recorded in 1655–65; origin uncertain

Related forms

whee·dler, nounwhee·dling·ly, adverbun·whee·dled, adjective
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wheedle

/ (ˈwiːdəl) /

verb

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

wheedler, 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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