To use flattery or cajolery to achieve one's ends.
Wheedle is defined as to get something through flattery.
An example of to wheedle is for a person to get money from a boyfriend by telling him how handsome and loving he is.
To persuade or attempt to persuade by flattery or guile; cajole.
To influence or persuade (a person) by flattery, soothing words, coaxing, etc.
To get (something) by coaxing or flattery.
To obtain through the use of flattery or guile.
A swindler who wheedled my life savings out of me.
Origin of wheedle
- Origin unknown
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Origin uncertain. Possibly from Old English waedlian (“to beg"). Another possible source is German wedeln, to wag, from Old High German wedil, wadil, tail.