wheedle

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whee·dle

 (wēd′l, hwēd′l)
v. whee·dled, whee·dling, whee·dles
v.tr.
1. To obtain through the use of flattery or guile: a swindler who wheedled my life savings out of me.
2. To persuade or attempt to persuade by flattery or guile; cajole: "They could marry on the fortune Miss Starling had wheedled her employer into leaving her" (W. Somerset Maugham).
v.intr.
To use flattery or cajolery to achieve one's ends.

[Origin unknown.]

whee′dler n.
whee′dling·ly adv.

wheedle

(ˈwiːdəl)
vb
1. to persuade or try to persuade (someone) by coaxing words, flattery, etc
2. (tr) to obtain by coaxing and flattery: she wheedled some money out of her father.
[C17: perhaps from German wedeln to wag one's tail, from Old High German wedil, wadil tail]
ˈwheedler n
ˈwheedling adj
ˈwheedlingly adv

whee•dle

(ˈʰwid l, ˈwid l)

v. -dled, -dling. v.t.
1. to try to influence (a person) by flattering or beguiling words or acts; cajole.
2. to persuade (a person) by such words or acts: She wheedled him into going with her.
3. to obtain (something) by artful persuasions: I wheedled a new car out of my father.
v.i.
4. to use beguiling or artful persuasions.
[1655–65]
whee′dler, n.
whee′dling•ly, adv.

wheedle


Past participle: wheedled
Gerund: wheedling

Imperative
wheedle
wheedle
Present
I wheedle
you wheedle
he/she/it wheedles
we wheedle
you wheedle
they wheedle
Preterite
I wheedled
you wheedled
he/she/it wheedled
we wheedled
you wheedled
they wheedled
Present Continuous
I am wheedling
you are wheedling
he/she/it is wheedling
we are wheedling
you are wheedling
they are wheedling
Present Perfect
I have wheedled
you have wheedled
he/she/it has wheedled
we have wheedled
you have wheedled
they have wheedled
Past Continuous
I was wheedling
you were wheedling
he/she/it was wheedling
we were wheedling
you were wheedling
they were wheedling
Past Perfect
I had wheedled
you had wheedled
he/she/it had wheedled
we had wheedled
you had wheedled
they had wheedled
Future
I will wheedle
you will wheedle
he/she/it will wheedle
we will wheedle
you will wheedle
they will wheedle
Future Perfect
I will have wheedled
you will have wheedled
he/she/it will have wheedled
we will have wheedled
you will have wheedled
they will have wheedled
Future Continuous
I will be wheedling
you will be wheedling
he/she/it will be wheedling
we will be wheedling
you will be wheedling
they will be wheedling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been wheedling
you have been wheedling
he/she/it has been wheedling
we have been wheedling
you have been wheedling
they have been wheedling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been wheedling
you will have been wheedling
he/she/it will have been wheedling
we will have been wheedling
you will have been wheedling
they will have been wheedling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been wheedling
you had been wheedling
he/she/it had been wheedling
we had been wheedling
you had been wheedling
they had been wheedling
Conditional
I would wheedle
you would wheedle
he/she/it would wheedle
we would wheedle
you would wheedle
they would wheedle
Past Conditional
I would have wheedled
you would have wheedled
he/she/it would have wheedled
we would have wheedled
you would have wheedled
they would have wheedled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.wheedle - influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering; "He palavered her into going along"
persuade - cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm; "You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!"
soft-soap - persuade someone through flattery
browbeat, bully, swagger - discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate

wheedle

verb coax, talk, court, draw, persuade, charm, worm, flatter, entice, cajole, inveigle He managed to wheedle some more money out of me.

wheedle

verb
To persuade or try to persuade by gentle persistent urging or flattery:
Informal: soft-soap, sweet-talk.
Translations
vymámit

wheedle

[ˈwiːdl] VT to wheedle sb into doing sthengatusar a algn para que haga algo
to wheedle sth out of sbsonsacar algo a algn

wheedle

hwiːdəl] vt
to wheedle sb into doing sth → obtenir que qn fasse qch à force de cajoleries
to wheedle sth out of sb → obtenir qch de qn à force de cajoleries

wheedle

vt to wheedle somebody into doing somethingjdn überreden or herumkriegen (inf), → etw zu tun; to wheedle something out of somebodyjdm etw abschmeicheln

wheedle

[ˈwiːdl] vt to wheedle sb into doing sthconvincere qn a fare qc con lusinghe
to wheedle sth out of sb (favour) → ottenere qc da qn con lusinghe (secret, name) → farsi dire qc da qn con lusinghe
References in classic literature ?
I don't know how you do it, but you are a born wheedler.
The temperature though will increase over the next few weeks as the candidates, the publicity wheedlers, the spin doctors and the Westminster big-hitters strut their stuff across Wales.
Louis falls for the soft soap of the wealthy whiners and wheedlers of major league baseball, the following scenario will play out.