Word curio icon

Word Curio

November 28, 2022

Word of the Day: Wheedle

2 CQ

Word of the Day : November 28, 2022

wheedle \WEE-dul\ verb

What It Means

Wheedle means "to use soft words or flattery," usually for the purpose of persuading someone to do something or to give you something. It is often used disapprovingly, and is frequently followed by the word into, as in "wheedle one's way into favor."

// The sales clerk tried to wheedle us into spending more money than we wanted.

// We managed to wheedle the juicy details about her date out of her.

See the entry >

wheedle in Context

Aired November 28, 2022

All Merriam-Webster content is available at

  • Recommended Recommended
  • History & In Progress History
  • Browse Library
  • Most Popular Library

Get Personalized Recommendations

Let us help you figure out what to learn! By taking a short interview you’ll be able to specify your learning interests and goals, so we can recommend the perfect courses and lessons to try next.

Start Interview

You don't have any lessons in your history.
Just find something that looks interesting and start learning!

500 characters max