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Meaning of WHEEDLE

Pronunciation:  'weedl

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering; "He palavered her into going along"

WHEEDLE is a 7 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: blarney, cajole, coax, inveigle, palaver, sweet-talk
 See Also: browbeat, bully, persuade, soft-soap, swagger, sway



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Whee"dle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wheedled}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Wheedling}.] [Cf. G. wedeln to wag with the tail, as a
    dog, wedel a fan, tail, brush, OHG. wadal; akin to G. wehen
    to blow, and E. wind, n.]
    1. To entice by soft words; to cajole; to flatter; to coax.
             The unlucky art of wheedling fools.   --Dryden.
             And wheedle a world that loves him not. --Tennyson.
    2. To grain, or get away, by flattery.
             A deed of settlement of the best part of her estate,
             which I wheedled out of her.          --Congreve.
  2. \Whee"dle\, v. i.
    To flatter; to coax; to cajole.