Definitions for flatterˈflæt ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

flat•terˈflæt ər(v.t.)

  1. to try to please by complimentary remarks or attention.

  2. to praise or compliment insincerely, effusively, or excessively.

  3. to represent favorably, esp. too favorably:

    The portrait flatters her.

  4. to show to advantage:

    a hairstyle that flatters the face.

  5. to please or gratify by compliments or attentions:

    I was flattered by the invitation.

  6. to feel satisfaction with (oneself), sometimes mistakenly.

  7. to beguile with hope; encourage prematurely, falsely, etc.

  8. (v.i.)to use flattery.

Origin of flatter:

1175–1225; ME: to float, flutter, fawn upon, OE floterian to float, flutter


flat•terˈflæt ər(n.)

  1. a flat-faced blacksmith's tool used to smooth the surface of the forging.

Origin of flatter:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. flatter, blandish(verb)

    praise somewhat dishonestly

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. flatter(verb)ˈflæt ər

    ≠ insult

    Flattering the customer will help you make a sale.

  2. flatterˈflæt ər

    to make sb look attractive; = suit

    a hairstyle that flatters him


  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 Dictionary

  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

Translations for flatter

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to praise too much or insincerely

Flatter him by complimenting him on his singing.

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