Flattery is defined as praise or compliments, usually exaggerated or false.
An example of flattery is a person who's hoping for a raise telling their boss how great their new hair cut looks.
- the act of flattering
- excessive, untrue, or insincere praise; exaggerated compliment or attention
Origin of flatteryMiddle English and Old French flaterie (Fr flatterie) from flater: see flatter
- The act or practice of flattering.
- Excessive or insincere praise.
(countable and uncountable, plural flatteries)
- flat tyre
From Old French flaterie, from the verb flater