AskDefine | Define wheedling

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Wheedle \Whee"dle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wheedled; p. pr. & vb. n. Wheedling.] [Cf. G. wedeln to wag with the tail, as a dog, wedel a fan, tail, brush, OHG. wadal; akin to G. wehen to blow, and E. wind, n.] [1913 Webster]
To entice by soft words; to cajole; to flatter; to coax. [1913 Webster] The unlucky art of wheedling fools. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] And wheedle a world that loves him not. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]
To grain, or get away, by flattery. [1913 Webster] A deed of settlement of the best part of her estate, which I wheedled out of her. --Congreve. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wheedling n : the act of urging by means of teasing or flattery [syn: blandishment]



  1. present participle of wheedle
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