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ˈflæt ərflat·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flatter, blandish(verb)

    praise somewhat dishonestly

Wiktionary

  1. flatter(Noun)

    A type of set tool used by blacksmiths.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. flatter(Noun)

    Someone who flattens, purposely or accidently. Also flattener.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. flatter(Verb)

    To compliment someone, often insincerely and sometimes to win favour

    Etymology: 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.

  4. flatter(Verb)

    To enhance someone's vanity by praising them

    Etymology: 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.

  5. flatter(Verb)

    To portray something to advantage.

    Etymology: 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.

  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.

    Etymology: 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

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

  2. Flatter(noun)

    a flat-faced fulling hammer

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

  3. Flatter(noun)

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

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

  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

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

  5. Flatter(verb)

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

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

  6. Flatter(verb)

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

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

  7. Flatter(verb)

    to use flattery or insincere praise

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flatter

    flat′ėr, v.t. to soothe with praise and servile attentions: to please with false hopes or undue praise.—n. Flatt′erer.—adj. Flatt′ering, uttering false praise: pleasing to pride or vanity.—adv. Flatt′eringly.—n. Flatt′ery, false praise. [O. Fr. flater (Fr. flatter); Teut.; cf. Ice. fladhra.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flatter in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flatter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of flatter in a Sentence

  1. Treasurer Ford Scudder:

    The revenue declines have been largest in those states like ours with highly progressive tax systems, and smallest in states with flatter tax structures.

  2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

    Nevertheless the passions, whether violent or not, should never be so expressed as to reach the point of causing disgust; and music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.

  3. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    My ignorance is trying to flatter me that I know everything.

  4. Dave Brailsford:

    The focus will be on supporting Vincenzo Nibali and protecting through the flatter, mid-mountain stages, then, when it comes to the key stages, Vincenzo Nibali can do Vincenzo Nibali thing.

  5. Charles Caleb Colton:

    The society of dead authors has this advantage over that of the living: they never flatter us to our faces, nor slander us behind our backs, nor intrude upon our privacy, nor quit their shelves until we take them down.

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