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wheedle

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
1
:  to influence or entice by soft words or flattery
2
:  to gain or get by wheedling <wheedle one's way into favor>
intransitive verb
:  to use soft words or flattery
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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

Synonym Discussion of WHEEDLE

cajole, coax, soft-soap, blandish, wheedle mean to influence or persuade by pleasing words or actions. cajole suggests the deliberate use of flattery to persuade in the face of reluctance or reasonable objections <cajoled him into cheating on the final exam>. coax implies gentle and persistent words or actions employed to produce a desired effect <coaxed the cat out of the tree>. soft-soap refers to using smooth and somewhat insincere talk usually for personal gain <politicians soft-soaping eligible voters>. blandish implies a more open desire to win a person over by effusive praise and affectionate actions <legislators blandished with promises of support>. wheedle suggests more strongly than cajole the use of seductive appeal or artful words in persuading <hucksters wheedling her life's savings out of her>.

Rhymes with WHEEDLE

WHEEDLE Defined for Kids

wheedle

verb whee·dle \ˈhwē-dəl, ˈwē-\
whee·dledwhee·dling

Definition of WHEEDLE for Kids

1
:  to get (someone) to think or act a certain way by flattering :  coax <“You're such a good cook, you make dinner,” she wheedled.>
2
:  to gain or get by coaxing or flattering <He's trying to wheedle money out of them.>

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