Variant of wheedle
transitive verb, intransitive verb wheedled, wheedling
- to influence or persuade (a person) by flattery, soothing words, coaxing, etc.
- to get (something) by coaxing or flattery
Origin: 17th-c. cant ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps German wedeln, to wag the tail, fan, hence to flatter ; from wedel, a fan, tail