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wheedle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wheedle influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering "He palavered her into going along"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wheedle To entice by soft words; to cajole; to flatter; to coax. "The unlucky art of wheedling fools.""And wheedle a world that loves him not."
    • v. i Wheedle To flatter; to coax; to cajole.
    • Wheedle To grain, or get away, by flattery. "A deed of settlement of the best part of her estate, which I wheedled out of her."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wheedle To entice, especially by soft words; gain over by coaxing and flattery; cajole; coax; flatter; hence, to hoax; take in.
    • wheedle To gain or procure by flattery or coaxing.
    • wheedle To flatter; coax.
    • n wheedle One who wheedles; a cajoling or coaxing person.
    • n wheedle A piece of cajolery; a flattering or coaxing speech; a hoax.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Wheedle hwēd′l to entice by soft words: to flatter
    • n Wheedle a coaxing person
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

Now listen to me carefully: Katje, I want you to break that silly, wicked promise I wheedled you into making.
"The Return of Peter Grimm" by David Belasco
But you must wheedle the yarn out of him.
"The Call Of The South" by Louis Becke
And do not think that you can wheedle either of them away from Black Bart.
"The Lady and the Pirate" by Emerson Hough
He could be shifty, wheedling, whining.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Damis continues to run around him with wheedling gestures.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
Thereafter, Mabyn spoke in a whisper; a wheedling note crept into his voice.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
He wheedled and coaxed, and at length, very reluctantly, she relented.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
Throughout the ages, their coaxing, pleading voices could be heard wheedling men's hearts to the same purpose.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
Then he went on in a wheedling sort of way.
"Two Little Travellers" by Frances Browne Arthur
All the rest (and there was a great deal) he wheedled out of me and spent.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
He was used to them, and hitherto he had been able to wheedle her into resumed motion.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
I can't see you wheedling money for shelters and rot of that sort out of retired grocers.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
But you are greatly mistaken if you think you can ever wheedle me into such a sunrise attic.
"The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance" by Paul Elmer More
Women cannot endure a wheedling lover.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
It's all up there; and there it's going to stay, if all the rich ladies in Newport come down to try to wheedle me out of it.
"A Little Country Girl" by Susan Coolidge
It began to appear as if he had been wheedled.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The wheedling tone was hard to resist.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
She's wheedled the heart right out of me with her bright, unflinching, honest eyes.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
They are encouraged to plot and scheme, and deceive, and wheedle, and coax for things.
"In Times Like These" by Nellie L. McClung
I understand how to wheedle facts out of these old fellows.
"In the Shadow of the Hills" by George C. Shedd
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In poetry:

A meeting that has no design
To threaten, coax, or wheedle;
To hail with glee a new "M. P."
Or choose a parish beadle!
"A Welcome" by Sir Henry Taylor
As a tame beast writhes and wheedles,
He fawns to be fed with wiles;
You carve him a cross of needles,
And whet them sharp as your smiles.
"Satia te Sanguine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
—And oft when Pleasure trill'd her lay,
Hath Love decoy'd our steps away,
Tho' wheedled by the syren-strain,
And led us back to peace again.
"Love And Wisdom: A Vision" by Robert Alves
An' weel could he manage to wheedle an' sell,
To the lassies oot on the hill,
A brooch for their shawls, or a finger ring,
That was gowd in their simple skill.
"The Deil's Stane" by Alexander Anderson
Where were you last night? I watched at the gate;
I went down early, I stayed down late.
Were you snug at home, I should like to know,
Or were you in the coppice wheedling Kate?
"Last Night" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
When worst got things, how was you? Steady on?
Wheedling, or shockt her &
you have been bad to your friend,
whom not you writing to. You have not listened.
A pelican of lies
you loosed: where are you?
"Dream Song 20: The Secret of the Wisdom" by John Berryman

In news:

During the Great Depression, Arnold Mesches once spent three hours wheedling his old man for a nickel to buy a Popsicle at the soda fountain newsstand across the street from his home in Buffalo, New York.
Seattle's Joel McHale reminisces about old Sonics mascot Wheedle .
A Wheedle suit is seen in a display case at KeyArena.
Bumbershoot 2010 day one notable act: Wheedle 's Groove.
Wheedle given little chance of denting Trade Me's supremacy.
Trade Me's market supremacy challenged by newcomer Wheedle .
Wheedle 's Groove is a local collective that showcases some of the stars from the Seattle funk/soul scene of the '60s and '70s.
Looking for Richard is Al Pacino's shaggy, nutty, wheedling documentary about a staging of Shakespeare's Richard III and the art of performance.
The art of the scam movie is to find a way in, hook you quick and then wheedle, sell and convince you to stick around.
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