Wheedle Definition

wēdl, hwēdl
wheedled, wheedles, wheedling
wheedled, wheedles, wheedling
To influence or persuade (a person) by flattery, soothing words, coaxing, etc.
Webster's New World
To get (something) by coaxing or flattery.
Webster's New World
To use flattery or cajolery to achieve one's ends.
American Heritage

Origin of Wheedle

  • Origin uncertain. Possibly from Old English waedlian (“to beg"). Another possible source is German wedeln, to wag, from Old High German wedil, wadil, tail.

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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