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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.
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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
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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.
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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
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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
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wheedle

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

verb
To persuade or try to persuade by gentle persistent urging or flattery:
Informal: soft-soap, sweet-talk.
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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
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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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

wheedle

vt to wheedle somebody into doing somethingjdn überreden or herumkriegen (inf), → etw zu tun; to wheedle something out of somebodyjdm etw abschmeicheln
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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
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When Cocky, balanced on one leg, the other leg in the air as the foot of it held the scruff of Michael's neck, leaned to Michael's ear and wheedled, Michael could only lay down silkily the bristly hair-waves of his neck, and with silly half-idiotic eyes of bliss agree to whatever was Cocky's will or whimsey so delivered.
She has abilities, however, as well as affections; and it is now a doubtful point whether his cunning, or hers, may finally carry the day; whether, after preventing her from being the wife of Sir Walter, he may not be wheedled and caressed at last into making her the wife of Sir William.
And so he fought and drove and bullied and even wheedled his way along.
Laurie came every day, and wheedled Aunt March till Amy was allowed to go out with him, when they walked and rode and had capital times.
Last winter she wheedled herself in here and told the count such vile, disgraceful things about us, especially about Sophie- I can't repeat them- that it made the count quite ill and he would not see us for a whole fortnight.
Many a dun had she talked to, and turned away from her father's door; many a tradesman had she coaxed and wheedled into good-humour, and into the granting of one meal more.
Michael Ellis, the Solicitor General, wheedled PS50 from MPs to buy a stained-glass celebrating the has had the Lord High ever since.
Co-produced with Lyric Hammersmith, OthelloMacbeth is a condensed, two-hour-long performance of Othello and Macbeth - two plays in which men are wheedled into committing acts of violence that lead to their own selfdestruction.
Sources further revealed the accused who have been preparing fake offer letters have wheedled out Rs.
DAVID CAMERON, having wheedled, cajoled and threatened to try to get his way on the vote for Britain to add to the chaos in Syria, is now desperately resorting to name calling.
However, proof that the money is being wheedled out under false pretences must make us all think.
No one wants to be bullied, wheedled or manipulated.