Definition of wheedle in English:

wheedle

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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • 1Use flattery or coaxing in order to persuade someone to do something or give one something.

    ‘she wheedled her way on to the guest list’
    • ‘she had wheedled us into employing her brother’
    • ‘“Please, for my sake,” he wheedled’
    • ‘But then, 10 minutes later, he's still needling and wheedling so convincingly you start to flip-flop back to the earlier assumption that, self-effusing pretence or not, Alan Davies hates having his picture taken.’
    • ‘The film-makers were busy on the lot or on location, but our producers, like Jacob, stayed in the tents, free to wheedle, convince and extort position from and in the studio system.’
    • ‘With the new cameras will come no mercy, no human face to wheedle, cajole, or insult.’
    • ‘During all of this editorial project - all the boasting, praising, cajoling, and wheedling, indulging in witty asides - I've been staring fixedly into a computer screen.’
    • ‘Many of them command such skills as cajoling, wheedling, thundering, condescending, and even insulting - but, of course, insulting with style.’
    • ‘Despite the best intentions, one is tempted to bargain for a more advantageous position, to make or demand concessions, to wheedle and to coax, to impose one's agenda and vocabulary.’
    • ‘Of course, she had no idea if she could talk her manager into stopping at some of these towns, but she could beg and wheedle and cajole if she had to.’
    • ‘We do all the talking; we plead, wheedle, deny and cajole.’
    • ‘Roses voice was soft and wheedling, her smile saccharin sweet.’
    • ‘He wheedled with a smile to show that he wasn't too serious.’
    • ‘He is at the same time bullying and wheedling, but will, when cornered, reiterate the anodyne phrases he picked up on the intensive salesman's course.’
    • ‘For much of the film, Emily courts embarrassment with wheedling, flirtatious attempts to stop the girl's uptight uncle from taking her back to the States.’
    • ‘A thousand bodies and they're already at the negotiating table with tails between their legs, probably wheedling and begging the resistance to pack it in.’
    • ‘Foreign managers also tell of other problems: differing objectives or partners wheedling to get associates into key posts.’
    • ‘The story probably continued with a bit more wheedling and pleading, but I wasn't really listening.’
    • ‘He wheedles that he was in Japan when it happened.’
    • ‘‘I'll give you one of these grown-up sweets if you keep walking,’ I wheedle, proffering a Tune.’
    • ‘You view your employer more as an equal and you begin to think of ways that you can add value to your services instead of thinking of ways to wheedle more benefits from your feudal overlord.’
    • ‘We're meant to be talking about the phenomenon of plastic surgery and the potential risks it poses for patients, and instead I'm having my vital statistics wheedled out of me by a complete stranger.’
    • ‘‘Lily really wants to get to know you better,’ Morgan wheedled.’
    coax, cajole, inveigle, lure, induce, blarney, entice, charm, tempt, beguile, flatter, persuade, influence, sway, win someone over, bring someone round, prod, talk, convince, make, get, press, prevail on, get round, argue, reason, urge, pressure, pressurize, bring pressure to bear on, coerce
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    1. 1.1wheedle something out ofwith object Coax or persuade (someone) to say or give something.
      ‘He seems to be able to wheedle rides out of just about anybody.’
      • ‘Then let the nuclear industry buy its insurance on the open market like the rest of us instead of wheedling it out of the government like a bunch of Soviet-era factory directors.’
      • ‘As one reader who did manage to wheedle an answer out of me on the subject concurred with my original notion that the not-knowing was preferable to the knowing, I shall refrain from adding to your store of knowledge.’
      • ‘Earlier this week, Andy Duncan, the chief executive, accused him of wheedling his way out of commitments to regulate the company's advertising rates’
      • ‘Politicians are so expert at wheedling their way out of an answer.’
      • ‘I wheedled my way out of Eric's grasp, laughing when he tried to hold on.’
      • ‘A week before Derry played Cavan in the Ulster championship Eamonn Coleman called to Cassidy and wheedled a commitment out of him for the summer.’
      • ‘I'm just getting tired of people trying to wheedle your identity out of me.’
      • ‘This is another good reason to wheedle our way out of the marriage.’
      • ‘She had tried to wheedle her mom out of making her go but it hadn't worked so far.’
      • ‘In an attempt to wheedle personal revelations out of this guarded individual, the programme-makers confronted Brown with a hard-hitting interviewer.’
      • ‘That means that some networks might be forced to strike a Faustian bargain: wheedle a fee increase out of operators now, but submit when the operator in turn demands to lock in that rate for several years.’
      • ‘After priestly efforts to wheedle a confession out of him proved unavailing, he was strangled and his body burned.’
      • ‘They were obviously concerned about the way I'd been acting and they would wheedle the truth out of me.’
      • ‘And don't try to wheedle it out of me, or read my mind.’
      • ‘Hayley had wanted to see him off, but he'd managed to avoid giving her an exact answer, unless she'd managed to wheedle it out of his mother, which was a frightening thought.’
      • ‘The corner of his mouth turned down at this thought, but he knew there was no way to wheedle it out of Herman, who could be very stubborn at times like these.’
      • ‘He had managed to wheedle the address out of the class monitor, but she had given him a disgusted look for some reason.’
      • ‘Evo shrugged, obviously not of the disposition to wheedle it out of me if I didn't want to tell him.’

Pronunciation

wheedle

/ˈ(h)wēdl/ /ˈ(h)widl/

Origin

Mid 17th century perhaps from German wedeln ‘cringe, fawn’, from Wedel ‘tail, fan’.