from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To persuade or attempt to persuade by flattery or guile; cajole.
- transitive v. To obtain through the use of flattery or guile: a swindler who wheedled my life savings out of me.
- intransitive v. To use flattery or cajolery to achieve one's ends.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cajole or attempt to persuade by flattery.
- v. To obtain something by guile or trickery.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To entice by soft words; to cajole; to flatter; to coax.
- transitive v. To grain, or get away, by flattery.
- intransitive v. To flatter; to coax; to cajole.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To entice, especially by soft words; gain over by coaxing and flattery; cajole; coax; flatter; hence, to hoax; take in.
- To gain or procure by flattery or coaxing.
- To flatter; coax.
- n. One who wheedles; a cajoling or coaxing person.
- n. A piece of cajolery; a flattering or coaxing speech; a hoax.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain. Possibly from Old English waedlian ("to beg"). (Wiktionary)