Definitions for flatterˈflæt ər
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word flatter
praise somewhat dishonestly
A type of set tool used by blacksmiths.
Someone who flattens, purposely or accidently. Also flattener.
To compliment someone, often insincerely and sometimes to win favour
To enhance someone's vanity by praising them
To portray something to advantage.
To convey notions of the facts that are believed to be favorable to the hearer without certainty of the truthfulness of the notions conveyed.
Origin: From flatteren, flateren, probably a conflation of floterian, from flutrōnan, from pleud-; and flaðra, from flaþrōnan, from peled-. Cognate with flatteren, flattern. The word may have been reinforced in meaning by unrelated flatter, from *. More at flat.
one who, or that which, makes flat or flattens
a flat-faced fulling hammer
a drawplate with a narrow, rectangular orifice, for drawing flat strips, as watch springs, etc
to treat with praise or blandishments; to gratify or attempt to gratify the self-love or vanity of, esp. by artful and interested commendation or attentions; to blandish; to cajole; to wheedle
to raise hopes in; to encourage or favorable, but sometimes unfounded or deceitful, representations
to portray too favorably; to give a too favorable idea of; as, his portrait flatters him
to use flattery or insincere praise
Origin: [OE. flateren, cf. OD. flatteren; akin to G. flattern to flutter, Icel. flara to fawn, flatter: cf. F. flatter. Cf. Flitter, Flutter, Flattery.]
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
He could flatter and still be real.
Many know how to flatter, few know how to praise.
The more you run over a dead cat, the flatter it gets.
Many men know how to flatter, few men know how to praise.
Flatter not thyself in thy faith in God if thou hast not charity for thy neighbor.
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- превъзнасям, ласкаяBulgarian
- lichotit, pochlebovatCzech
- anbiedern, schmeicheln, einschmeichelnGerman
- adular, lisonjear, halagar, retocarSpanish
- nuoleskella, imarrella, kaunistella, mielistelläFinnish
- adulare, lusingareItalian
- 諂う, お世辞を言うJapanese
- 치켜세우다, 알랑거리다, 아첨하다, 아부하다Korean
- blimmelenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- schlebiać, pochlebiać, gładzik kowalskiPolish
- bajular, adularPortuguese
- ла̏скати, lȁskatiSerbo-Croatian
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