WHEEDLE
A sharper. To cut a wheedle; to decoy by fawning or insinuation. Cant.

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

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.

 

© Webster 1913.


Whee"dle, v. i.

To flatter; to coax; to cajole.

 

© Webster 1913.

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