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
- intransitive v. To flatter; to coax; to cajole.
- transitive v. To entice by soft words; to cajole; to flatter; to coax.
- transitive v. To grain, or get away, by flattery.
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
Ms. LENHART: We heard from teens who said, you know, when I want the yes, I'll go to the phone because my parents can hear my voice and I can kind of wheedle and I can charm them, and that's how I'm going to get what I want.
She will connive and she will lie and she will wheedle her way in as far as she can wheedle, further than you can imagine, until — — oh, I don't know — — she has the password to your SL account.
He, who was sheer bladed steel in the imperious flashing of his will, could swashbuckle and bully like any over-seas roisterer, or wheedle as wickedly winningly as the first woman out of Eden or the last woman of that descent.
In puzzle mode that initially just means activating them slowly enough not to cause collisions, but later levels demand deeper experimentation with order and timing before you wheedle out a viable solution.
A quick phone call to Robert ensured she would be well guarded, and Brystion managed to wheedle our way out of too many questions.
He hopes to wheedle enough support from the national and prefecture governments to show progress rebuilding before leading citizens move away.
If not, how did Action Canada wheedle their way in to this otherwise good group of charities?
Their favorite words are words that can said with a sneer, but they enjoy words that bark, growl, whine, wheedle, and spit with rage too.
In both cases, what is going on is a display of pinstriped muscle – an attempt to wheedle, lobby and finally intimidate government from making whatever decisions it feels are necessary in the national rather than sectional interest.
Religious Hucksters do more than wheedle money out of their flock.