wheedling

[ hweed-l, weed-l ]SEE DEFINITION OF wheedling
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Beneath his wheedling air there was the determination to devour everything.

He no longer treated Bongrand in the wheedling, respectful manner of yore.

Again did she give vent to a dry laugh which distorted her wheedling face.

Matthew caught his breath, and changed his wheedling tone all at once.

"Sit here by me," urged Justin, in a wheedling tone, and placed a chair for her.

He had crouched over it for a half-hour, blowing it, coaxing it, wheedling it.

"Good-evening, Mr. Brereton," he said in a thin, wheedling voice.

She stood ten minutes cajoling him, wheedling, coaxing, threatening.

She stopped the guttural, wheedling voice with a quick, vehement gesture.

The tone was wheedling, and the elder woman loved to hear it.

WORD ORIGIN

"to influence by flattery," 1660s, perhaps connected with Old English wædlian "to beg" (from wædl "poverty"), or borrowed by English soldiers in the 17c. German wars from German wedeln "wag the tail," hence "fawn, flatter" (cf. adulation).

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