Definition of wheedle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

wheedle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈwiːdl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwiːdl//
 
(disapproving)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wheedle
BrE BrE//ˈwiːdl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwiːdl//
 
he / she / it wheedles
BrE BrE//ˈwiːdlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwiːdlz//
 
past simple wheedled
BrE BrE//ˈwiːdld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwiːdld//
 
past participle wheedled
BrE BrE//ˈwiːdld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwiːdld//
 
-ing form wheedling
BrE BrE//ˈwiːdlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwiːdlɪŋ//
 
 
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to persuade somebody to give you something or do something by saying nice things that you do not mean synonym coax wheedle something (out of somebody) The kids can always wheedle money out of their father. wheedle somebody into doing something She wheedled me into lending her my new coat. + speech ‘Come on, Em,’ he wheedled. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: perhaps from German wedeln ‘cringe, fawn’, from Wedel ‘tail, fan’.
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