Definitions for flatterˈflæt ər

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. flatter, blandish(verb)

    praise somewhat dishonestly

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. flatter(Noun)

    A type of set tool used by blacksmiths.

  2. flatter(Noun)

    Someone who flattens, purposely or accidently. Also flattener.

  3. flatter(Verb)

    To compliment someone, often insincerely and sometimes to win favour

  4. flatter(Verb)

    To enhance someone's vanity by praising them

  5. flatter(Verb)

    To portray something to advantage.

  6. flatter(Verb)

    To convey notions of the facts that are believed to be favorable to the hearer without certainty of the truthfulness of the notions conveyed.

  7. 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.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Flatter(noun)

    one who, or that which, makes flat or flattens

  2. Flatter(noun)

    a flat-faced fulling hammer

  3. Flatter(noun)

    a drawplate with a narrow, rectangular orifice, for drawing flat strips, as watch springs, etc

  4. Flatter(verb)

    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

  5. Flatter(verb)

    to raise hopes in; to encourage or favorable, but sometimes unfounded or deceitful, representations

  6. Flatter(verb)

    to portray too favorably; to give a too favorable idea of; as, his portrait flatters him

  7. Flatter(verb)

    to use flattery or insincere praise

  8. Origin: [OE. flateren, cf. OD. flatteren; akin to G. flattern to flutter, Icel. flara to fawn, flatter: cf. F. flatter. Cf. Flitter, Flutter, Flattery.]

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