Definitions for flatter
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word flatter.
praise somewhat dishonestly
A type of set tool used by blacksmiths.
Someone who flattens, purposely or accidently. Also flattener.
To compliment someone, often insincerely and sometimes to win favour
To enhance someone's vanity by praising them
To portray something to advantage.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
The workman or instrument by which bodies are flattened.
Etymology: from flat.
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.
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).
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.
one who, or that which, makes flat or flattens
a flat-faced fulling hammer
a drawplate with a narrow, rectangular orifice, for drawing flat strips, as watch springs, etc
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
to raise hopes in; to encourage or favorable, but sometimes unfounded or deceitful, representations
to portray too favorably; to give a too favorable idea of; as, his portrait flatters him
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
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.
The numerical value of flatter in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of flatter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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- превъзнасям, ласкаяBulgarian
- lichotit, pochlebovatCzech
- anbiedern, einschmeicheln, schmeichelnGerman
- adular, retocar, lisonjear, halagarSpanish
- تملق گفتنPersian
- mielistellä, imarrella, nuoleskella, kaunistellaFinnish
- चापलूसी करनाHindi
- lusingare, adulareItalian
- お世辞を言う, 諂うJapanese
- 아부하다, 치켜세우다, 알랑거리다, 아첨하다Korean
- blimmelenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- schlebiać, gładzik kowalski, pochlebiaćPolish
- bajular, adularPortuguese
- ла̏скати, lȁskatiSerbo-Croatian
- nịnh nọtVietnamese
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