wheedle Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “wheedle” in the English Dictionary

"wheedle" in British English

See all translations

wheedleverb [I, T + adv/prep]

uk   us   /ˈwiː.dəl/ disapproving
to ​try to ​persuade someone to do something or give you something by ​praising them or being ​intentionally charming: She's one of those ​children who can wheedle you into giving her anything she ​wants. She wasn't ​invited, but ​somehow she ​managed to wheedle her way in. I ​tried different ​approaches - I wheedled, ​threatened, ​demanded, ​cajoled.
wheedling
adjective uk   us   /-ɪŋ/
I ​knew by ​your wheedling ​tone that you ​wanted something from me.
(Definition of wheedle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wheedle" in American English

See all translations

wheedleverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈhwi·dəl, ˈwi-/
to ​try to ​persuade someone to do something or to give you something by using ​yourcharm and by ​repeatedlyasking in a way that would make ​refusalembarrassing: [T always + adv/prep] He wasn’t going to ​tell me but I wheedled it out of him.
(Definition of wheedle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “wheedle”
in Chinese (Simplified) 哄骗, 用花言巧语说服, 诓骗…
in Chinese (Traditional) 哄騙, 用花言巧語說服, 誆騙…
What is the pronunciation of wheedle?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

autumnal

typical of autumn

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More