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[hweed-l, weed-l] /ˈʰwid l, ˈwid l/
verb (used with object), wheedled, wheedling.
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), wheedled, wheedling.
to use beguiling or artful persuasions:
I always wheedle if I really need something.
Origin of wheedle
1655-65; origin uncertain
Related forms
wheedler, noun
wheedlingly, adverb
unwheedled, adjective
1. flatter, cajole. 2, 3. coax, beguile, inveigle. Unabridged
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  • wheedler or not, Robinette got her fire to dress by, and so was able to come down in the morning feeling tolerably warm.

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  • Marianne shook her head, told him he was a wheedler, and went to fetch the cherries.

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  • "Just hear this wheedler with her 'Nothing is impossible to you, M. de Maillefort,'" said the marquis, smiling.

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British Dictionary definitions for wheedler


to persuade or try to persuade (someone) by coaxing words, flattery, etc
(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 wheedler



"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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