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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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How to say flatter in sign language?

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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. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk:

    For to be great, You will not flatter anyone. You’ll never cheat on someone. You will see the real purpose for the country and you will walk to that destination. Everyone will be against you. Everyone will try to turn you from your path. But you'll endure that. They will stack up infinite obstacles in front of you. You will pass over these obstacles by assuming yourself not big, but small, weak, unequipped, nothing and by being sure there will be no help from anyone. After that, if they say you “you're great", you'll just smile at them. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

  2. Greek Proverb:

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

  3. Sir William Arthur:

    Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I may not forget you.

  4. Daniel Russel:

    Just as this week's 'tactical weapon' test was a signal to warn Trump that his much-vaunted 'freeze' is in jeopardy, the verbal attack on Pompeo is meant to encourage Trump to ignore his hardline advisers and make a deal with his 'friend' Kim Jong Un, as long as the North Koreans believe they can flatter and dupe the U.S. president into making important concessions ... they will resist dealing with less gullible and more demanding subordinate U.S. officials.

  5. Curator Xavier Bray:

    He could flatter and still be real.

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