verb whee·dle \ˈhwē-dəl, ˈwē-\

: to persuade someone to do something or to give you something by saying nice things

whee·dledwhee·dling \ˈ(h)wēd-liŋ, ˈ(h)wē-dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of WHEEDLE

transitive verb
:  to influence or entice by soft words or flattery
:  to gain or get by wheedling <wheedle one's way into favor>
intransitive verb
:  to use soft words or flattery

Examples of WHEEDLE

  1. He wheedled quite a bit of money from her.
  2. She pleaded and wheedled, but I wouldn't be swayed.

Origin of WHEEDLE

origin unknown
First Known Use: circa 1661

Rhymes with WHEEDLE


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