1. to sweet talk, or flatter someone in the hopes of getting something in return
2. to influence or entice by soft words or flattery
If you say that someone wheedles, you mean that they try to persuade someone to do or give them what they want, for example, by saying nice things that they do not mean.
– Collins Dictionary
Part of Speech (POS)
Below are a few sentence examples of the word being used correctly.
• Christina kept wheedling her husband, because she desperately wanted to take a vacation cruise to Hawaii.
• Martin wheedled a lot of money from the lonely old woman.
• Justin is nothing more than a wheedling sycophant, who’s always trying to con someone.
• Tiffany wheedled her way back into the good grace of her mother-in-law, for political reasons.
• It wasn’t difficult for the salesman to wheedle the ostentatious customer, into purchasing an expensive mink coat.
Additional word forms
wheedling = adjective
wheedlingly = adverb
Now it’s your turn, on a sheet of paper or in the comment section below, write a few sentences using the word wheedle. Please feel free to pay it forward, by sharing your sentences in the leave a reply section below (keep scrolling down). A member of our teaching staff will provide helpful feedback on the sentences and sentence structure you provide below.
Tip: Use the word during a conversation today. The more you familiarize yourself with this word, by consistently incorporating it in your vocabulary and writing, the easier it will be to remember the word. Figuratively speaking, you’ll own the word.
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2 thoughts on “Wheedle”
My son wheedled me for Chick-fila.
The con artists wheedled the woman who sent money to him in Nigeria.
The woman wheedled the American, into marrying her, so she could get a green card.
Thank you for participating in this workshop. Listed below, are a few helpful suggestions to improve your syntax.
1. My son wheedled me for Chick-fila.
• This sentence is direct and clear. Well done!
2. The con artists wheedled the woman who sent money to him in Nigeria.
• This sentence needs a little work.
So that you don’t confuse the reader, replace the pronoun who, with the conjunction until.
The con artist wheedled the woman, until she agreed to send him the money to Nigeria.
3. The woman wheedled the American, into marrying her, so she could get a green card.
• No comma necessary before the preposition into.
The woman wheedled the American citizen into marrying her, so that she could get a green card.