What does wheedle mean?

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ˈʰwid l, ˈwid lwhee·dle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wheedle, cajole, palaver, blarney, coax, sweet-talk, inveigleverb

    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

    "He palavered her into going along"


  1. wheedleverb

    To cajole or attempt to persuade by flattery.

  2. wheedleverb

    To obtain something by guile or trickery.

  3. Etymology: Origin uncertain. Possibly from waedlian.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Wheedleverb

    and Locke seems to mention it as a cant word. To entice by soft words; to flatter; to persuade by kind words.

    His bus’ness was to pump and wheedle,
    And men with their own keys unriddle,
    To make them to themselves give answers,
    For which they pay the necromancers. Hudibras.

    A fox stood licking of his lips at the cock, and wheedling him to get him down. Roger L'Estrange.

    His fire,
    From Mars his forge sent to Minerva’s schools
    To learn the unlucky art of wheedling fools. Dryden.

    He that first brought the word sham, or wheedle, in use, put together as he thought fit, ideas he made it stand for. John Locke.

    A laughing, toying, wheedling, whimp’ring she,
    Shall make him amble on a gossip’s message. Nicholas Rowe.

    The world has never been prepared for these trifles by prefaces, wheedled or troubled with excuses. Alexander Pope.

    Johnny wheedl’d, threaten’d, fawn’d,
    Till Phillis all her trinkets pawn’d. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wheedleverb

    to entice by soft words; to cajole; to flatter; to coax

  2. Wheedleverb

    to grain, or get away, by flattery

  3. Wheedleverb

    to flatter; to coax; to cajole

  4. Etymology: [Cf. G. wedeln to wag with the tail, as a dog, wedel a fan, tail, brush, OHG. wadal; akin to G. wehen to blow, and E. wind, n.]


  1. Wheedle

    The Wheedle is the title character of a popular children's book by author Stephen Cosgrove. The character eventually evolved into a popular mascot generally associated with the city of Seattle.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wheedle

    hwēd′l, v.t. to entice by soft words: to flatter.—n. a coaxing person.—n. Wheed′ler.—adj. Wheed′lesome, coaxing.—n. Wheed′ling. [Perh. from Ger. wedeln, to wag the tail, as a dog—wedel, a fan, brush—Old High Ger. wehan, to blow.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wheedle in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wheedle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
    • A. transparent
    • B. urban
    • C. opaque
    • D. witless

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