flat·​tered ˈfla-tərd How to pronounce flattered (audio)
: made to feel pleased by something gratifying (such as an honor or a sign or respect or deference)
I was very flattered to be asked to attend.
The honoree was clearly flattered. Or at least he smiled broadly.Erich Segal

Examples of flattered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mountainous landscape of the Oaxaca Valley conceals scores of grottoes that during more than 10,000 years of human occupation have served as sanctuaries associated with deities and forces of nature that can be coaxed, flattered or angered by mortals. Franz Lidz Meghan Dhaliwal, New York Times, 23 Dec. 2023 The revelation earned a flattered grin from Horan, meanwhile Legend wanted to know what exactly Iris’ writings entailed. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 10 Oct. 2023 He is flattered but doesn’t take the attention too seriously. Pamela Chelin, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 Rap icons aside, The Tallahassee native is most flattered by the praise he’s gotten from people in his hometown. Ilana Woldenberg, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2023 Sounds bad, but hey, who wouldn’t be at least a little flattered if they were being portrayed by the one and only Salma Hayek? Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 31 May 2023 Jonah Hauer-King is flattered to be mentioned in the same sentence as Harry Styles. Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 17 May 2023 Well, were you flattered? Julian Sancton, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 June 2022 Bradley’s flattered and maybe flirting a little? Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 1 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flattered was in 1786

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Cite this Entry

“Flattered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flattered. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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