Search Result for "wheedling":
Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. the act of urging by means of teasing or flattery;
[syn: blandishment, wheedling]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wheedle \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.] [1913 Webster] 1. To entice by soft words; to cajole; to flatter; to coax. [1913 Webster] The unlucky art of wheedling fools. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] And wheedle a world that loves him not. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. To grain, or get away, by flattery. [1913 Webster] A deed of settlement of the best part of her estate, which I wheedled out of her. --Congreve. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

102 Moby Thesaurus words for "wheedling": adulation, adulatory, allurement, bland, blandishing, blandishment, blarney, blarneying, bunkum, buttery, buttonholing, cajolement, cajolery, cajoling, coaxing, compliment, complimentary, conning, courtierly, courtly, demanding, dunning, engagement, enlistment, exhortation, exhortative, exhortatory, eyewash, fair words, fair-spoken, fawning, fine-spoken, flattering, flattery, fulsome, grease, gushing, honey-mouthed, honey-tongued, honeyed, honeyed phrases, honeyed words, hortation, hortative, hortatory, importunate, importunateness, importunity, incense, inducement, insincere, insinuating, insistent, jawboning, lobbying, mealymouthed, nagging, obsequious, oil, oily, oily-tongued, palaver, persuading, persuasion, persuasive, pestering, plaguing, plying, praise, preaching, preachment, pressing, pressure, pretty lies, sales talk, salesmanship, selling, slimy, slobbery, smarmy, smooth, smooth-spoken, smooth-tongued, snow job, soap, soapy, soft soap, soft-soaping, solicitation, suasion, suasive, sweet nothings, sweet talk, sweet words, sycophancy, sycophantic, teasing, unctuous, urgency, urgent, urging, working on




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