- Flatter is defined as to praise or compliment.
An example of flatter is to tell someone that she looks pretty today.
flatter definition by Webster's New World
- to praise too much, untruly, or insincerely, as in order to win favor
- to try to please, or ingratiate oneself with, by praise and attention
- to make seem better or more attractive than is so: his portrait flatters him
- to make feel pleased or honored; gratify the vanity of: it's flattering to be remembered
- to please or gratify (the eye, ear, senses, etc.)
- to encourage, esp. falsely
Origin: Middle English flateren ; from Old French flater, to smooth, caress with flat hand ; from Frankish an unverified form flat, akin to Old High German flaz, flat
- a person who flattens something
- a drawplate for forming flat strips
- a smith's forging tool with a broad, flat face
flatter definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb flat·tered, flat·ter·ing, flat·ters verb, transitive
- To compliment excessively and often insincerely, especially in order to win favor.
- To please or gratify the vanity of: “What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering” (George Bernard Shaw).
- a. To portray favorably: a photograph that flatters its subject.b. To show off becomingly or advantageously.
Origin: Middle English flateren, from Old French flater, of Germanic origin; see plat- in Indo-European roots.
- flatˈter·er noun
- flatˈter·ing·ly adverb
- A flat-faced swage or hammer used by blacksmiths.
- A die plate for flattening metal into strips, as in the manufacture of watch springs.
flatter - Phrases/Idioms
Variant of flat
- having a smooth, level surface; having little or no depression or elevation
- lying extended at full length
- spread out smooth and level
- touching at as many points as possible: with his back flat against the wall
- having little depth or thickness; broad, even, and thin
- having a flat heel or no heel: flat shoes
- designating or having an almost straight or level trajectory or flight
- absolute; positive: a flat denial
- not variable; fixed: a flat rate, a flat tax
- without much business activity: a flat market
- having little or no sparkle or taste; insipid: a flat drink
- having little or no interest; monotonous; dull
- not clear or full; blurred: a flat sound
- ☆ emptied of air: a flat tire
- ☆ Informal completely without money; penniless
- without gloss: flat paint
- lacking relief, depth, or perspective
- uniform in tint or shade
- not having the sign to: said of an infinitive: Ex.: go in “make it go”
- not having an inflectional ending: said esp. of certain adverbs: Ex.: he drove fast
- lower in pitch by a half step: D-flat (D)
- out of tune by being below the true or proper pitch
- Phonet. designating the vowel a when it represents the sound (a) as in had or hat, articulated with the tongue in a relatively level position
- Photog. lacking in contrast
Origin: Middle English ; from Old Norse flatr, akin to Old High German flaz ; from Indo-European an unverified form plāt, plēt-, wide, flat (from source Classical Greek platys, broad, Old English flet, floor) ; from base an unverified form plā-, broad
- in a flat manner; flatly (in various senses)
- in a prone or supine position
- exactly; precisely: to run a race in ten seconds flat
- bluntly; abruptly: she left him flat
- ☆ Finance with no interest
- Music below the true or proper pitch
- a flat surface or part: the flat of the hand, of a sword, etc.
- an expanse of level land
- a low-lying marsh
- a shallow; shoal
- any of various flat things; specif.,
- a shallow box or container, as for growing seedlings
- ☆ flatcar
- a piece of theatrical scenery on a flat frame
- ☆ a deflated tire
- women's flat-heeled shoes or slippers
- Football the area flanking either end of the offensive line
- a note or tone one half step below another
- the sign () indicating such a note