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Related to flatterer: adulate, sycophantic

flat·ter 1

v. flat·tered, flat·ter·ing, flat·ters
1. To compliment excessively and often insincerely, especially in order to win favor.
2. To please or gratify the vanity of: "What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering" (George Bernard Shaw).
a. To portray favorably: a photograph that flatters its subject.
b. To show off becomingly or advantageously.
To practice flattery.

[Middle English flateren, from Old French flater, of Germanic origin; see plat- in Indo-European roots.]

flat′ter·er n.
flat′ter·ing·ly adv.

flat·ter 2

1. A flat-faced swage or hammer used by blacksmiths.
2. A die plate for flattening metal into strips, as in the manufacture of watch springs.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flatterer - a person who uses flatteryflatterer - a person who uses flattery    
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
ass-kisser, crawler, sycophant, toady, lackey - a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage


One who flatters another excessively:
Informal: apple-polisher.
مُتَمَلِّق، مُتَزَلِّف
skjallari, smjaîrari


[ˈflætərəʳ] Nadulador(a) m/f


[ˈflætər] nflatteur/euse m/f


nSchmeichler(in) m(f)


[ˈflætərəʳ] nadulatore/trice


(ˈflӕtə) verb
1. to praise too much or insincerely. Flatter him by complimenting him on his singing.
2. to show, describe etc someone or something as being better than someone etc really is. The photograph flatters him.
3. to be pleased to say about (oneself) (that one can do something). I flatter myself that I can speak French perfectly.
ˈflatterer noun
ˈflattery noun
insincere praise.
References in classic literature ?
She is a flatterer in all her ways; and so much the worse, because undesigned.
as the flatterer of all men, and the servant of all men; and doing what?
All this confusion, seen by the moon's light, presented a striking coup d'oeil; the half shadow enlarged every detail, and the light, that flatterer which only attaches itself to the polished side of things, courted upon each rusty musket the point still left intact, and upon every rag of canvas the whitest and least sullied part.
A liar, a flatterer, and a Jackal were all hatched out of the same egg," said the Adjutant to nobody in particular; for he was rather a fine sort of a liar on his own account when he took the trouble.
Neither is it merely in the phrase; for whereas it hath been well said, that the arch-flatterer, with whom all the petty flatterers have intelligence, is a man's self; certainly the lover is more.
For their decrees are like the others' edicts; their demagogues like the others' flatterers: but their greatest resemblance consists in the mutual support they give to each other, the flatterer to the tyrant, the demagogue to the people: and to them it is owing that the supreme power is lodged in the votes of the people, and not in the laws; for they bring everything before them, as their influence is owing to their being supreme whose opinions they entirely direct; for these are they whom the multitude obey.
But now, the few words luckily or unluckily heard in passing had wholly revolutionized my ideas respecting her: now I looked upon her as hypocritical and insincere, a flatterer, and a spy upon my words and deeds.
The women of Helium are taught to frown with displeasure upon the tongue of the flatterer," rejoined the girl, but Gahan, Jed of Gathol, observed that she smiled as she said it.
was undoubtedly the most artful and uncompromising flatterer that ever smoothed out all the natural characteristic blemishes from a sitter's face; but even that accomplished parasite would have found Mr.
The Ape and all his court, gratified with the lie, commanded that a handsome present be given to the flatterer.
I am afraid Sir Mulberry is a flatterer, my lord,' said Mrs Wititterly, turning to that young gentleman, who had been sucking the head of his cane in silence, and staring at Kate.
who struck off with great skill brief humorous pictures of typical figures--the Dissembler, the Flatterer, the Coward, and so on.