What does flatter mean?

Definitions for flatter
ˈflæt ərflat·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flatter, blandishverb

    praise somewhat dishonestly


  1. flatternoun

    A type of set tool used by blacksmiths.

  2. flatternoun

    Someone who flattens, purposely or accidently. Also flattener.

  3. flatterverb

    To compliment someone, often insincerely and sometimes to win favour

  4. flatterverb

    To enhance someone's vanity by praising them

  5. flatterverb

    To portray something to advantage.

  6. flatterverb

    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. 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Flatternoun

    The workman or instrument by which bodies are flattened.

    Etymology: from flat.

  2. To FLATTERverb

    Etymology: flater, French.

    When I tell him he hates flatterers,
    He says he does; being then most flattered. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæs.

    His nature is too noble for the world;
    He would not flatter Neptune for his trident,
    Or Jove for’s power to thunder: his heart’s his mouth;
    What his breast forges, that his tongue must vent. William Shakespeare.

    He that flattereth his neighbour, spreadeth a net for his feet. Prov. xxix. 5.

    He flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found hateful. Ps. xxxvi. 2.

    After this way of flattering their willing benefactors out of part, they contrived another of forcing their unwilling neighbours out of all their possessions. Decay of Piety.

    Averse alike to flatter or offend. Alexander Pope.

    They flatter’d ev’ry day, and some days eat. Alexander Pope.

    I scorn to flatter you or any man. Thomas Newton, Milt. Ded. to.

    Flatter’d crimes of a licentious age,
    Provoke our censure. Edward Young.

    A consort of voices supporting themselves by their different parts make a harmony, pleasingly fills the ears and flatters them. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    He always vacant, always amiable,
    Hopes thee, of flatt’ring gales
    Unmindful. John Milton.


  1. Flatter

    A flatter is a coloring specialist within the comic book industry that prepares the inked or sketched comic book page for the colorist with digital art software such as Adobe Photoshop. The specialist does so by selecting the objects on the page and filling them in with a solid color called a "flat", so that the "flats" can be used by the colorist by way of the "magic wand" tool. In this way, the colorist may select each object during the rendering process—to the exclusion of the other objects on the page—so that the object's base color may be changed, or to render the colors. Because each colorist has preferences as to how the flats are to be done flatters usually work as freelancers commissioned directly by the colorist. Pricing for flats vary but as of early 2010 one common going rate for a flatted page was $15 if the page were inked and of regular difficulty ($30 for a double page) with $20 for a sketched page of regular difficulty ($40 for a double sketched page).


  1. flatter

    Flatter is a verb that refers to the act of complimenting or praising someone, usually excessively or without sincerity, in order to make them feel good, gain their favor, or achieve some personal advantage. It can also mean to make someone feel honored and pleased by something. As an adjective, 'flatter' refers to something which appears favorably or is more complimentary to the subject.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flatternoun

    one who, or that which, makes flat or flattens

  2. Flatternoun

    a flat-faced fulling hammer

  3. Flatternoun

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

  4. Flatterverb

    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. Flatterverb

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

  6. Flatterverb

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

  7. Flatterverb

    to use flattery or insincere praise

  8. 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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Flatter is ranked #73464 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Flatter surname appeared 264 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Flatter.

    96.2% or 254 total occurrences were White.

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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. Ted Cruz:

    We need to pass fundamental tax reform making our tax code simpler, flatter, fairer, and I’ll tell you, the single most important tax reform, we should abolish the IRS.

  2. 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.

  3. William Arthur Ward:

    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 will not forget you.

  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. Oliver Wendell Holmes:

    Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies they are ready enough to tell them.

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