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[hweed-l, weed-l] verb, whee·dled, whee·dling.

verb (used with object)

1. To endeavor to influence (a person) by smooth, flattering, or beguiling words or acts: We wheedled him incessantly, but he would not consent.

2. To persuade (a person) by such words or acts: She wheedled him into going with her.

3. To obtain (something) by artful persuasions: I wheedled a new car out of my father.

verb (used without object)

4. To use beguiling or artful persuasions: I always wheedle if I really need something.


1655–65; origin uncertain

Related forms

whee·dler, noun

whee·dling·ly, adverbun·whee·dled, adjective


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