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wheedle

[hweed-l, weed-l] /ˈʰwid l, ˈwid l/
verb (used with object), wheedled, wheedling.
1.
to endeavor to influence (a person) by smooth, flattering, or beguiling words or acts:
We wheedled him incessantly, but he would not consent.
2.
to persuade (a person) by such words or acts:
She wheedled him into going with her.
3.
to obtain (something) by artful persuasions:
I wheedled a new car out of my father.
verb (used without object), wheedled, wheedling.
4.
to use beguiling or artful persuasions:
I always wheedle if I really need something.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; origin uncertain
Related forms
wheedler, noun
wheedlingly, adverb
unwheedled, adjective
Synonyms
1. flatter, cajole. 2, 3. coax, beguile, inveigle.
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Examples from the web for wheedle
  • She never uses tears to wheedle things out of me or cries if we have strong words.
  • It takes some experience of the real world to realize that you can't wheedle your way past every deadline.
  • He can hoot, humiliate, toady and wheedle with the best of them.
  • We all know we must die and therefore each day must be filled with as much joy as we can wheedle out of it.
  • They often try to wheedle some time with a star at a public appearance.
  • Said of persons who wheedle some favour out of another.
  • wheedle the number out of them and you'll have a strong indicator of market health.
  • If your own income consisted solely of what you were able to beg from a fickle and inscrutable boss, you would wheedle too.
British Dictionary definitions for wheedle

wheedle

/ˈwiːdəl/
verb
1.
to persuade or try to persuade (someone) by coaxing words, flattery, etc
2.
(transitive) to obtain by coaxing and flattery: she wheedled some money out of her father
Derived Forms
wheedler, noun
wheedling, adjective
wheedlingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from German wedeln to wag one's tail, from Old High German wedil, wadil tail
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Word Origin and History for wheedle
v.

"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).

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