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ˈflæt ərflat·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flatter, blandish(verb)

    praise somewhat dishonestly


  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

  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.]

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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  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. Curator Xavier Bray:

    He could flatter and still be real.

  2. Wendell Phillips:

    Many know how to flatter, few know how to praise.

  3. Unknown:

    The more you run over a dead cat, the flatter it gets.

  4. Greek Proverb:

    Many men know how to flatter, few men know how to praise.

  5. Francis Quarles:

    Flatter not thyself in thy faith in God if thou hast not charity for thy neighbor.

Images & Illustrations of flatter

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