Flatter

  • 1 flatter — [ flate ] v. tr. <conjug. : 1> • XIIe; aussi flater, flatir « jeter à plat »; du frq. °flat « plat » I ♦ A ♦ (Sujet personne; compl. être animé) 1 ♦ Louer excessivement ou faussement (qqn), pour plaire, séduire. ⇒ aduler, encenser,… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 Flatter — Flat ter (fl[a^]t t[ e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flattered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Flattering}.] [OE. flateren, cf. OD. flatteren; akin to G. flattern to flutter, Icel. fla[eth]ra to fawn, flatter: cf. F. flatter. Cf. {Flitter}, {Flutter}, {Flattery}.] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Flatter — Flat ter, v. i. To use flattery or insincere praise. [1913 Webster] If it may stand him more in stead to lie, Say and unsay, feign, flatter, or adjure. Milton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 flatter — (v.) early 13c., from O.Fr. flater to flatter (13c.), originally stroke with the hand, caress, from Frankish *flat palm, flat of the hand (see FLAT (Cf. flat) (adj.)). [O]ne of many onomatopoeic verbs beginning with fl and denoting unsteady or… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 flatter — [v1] compliment excessively adulate, beslaver, blandish, bootlick*, brownnose*, build up*, butter up*, cajole, cater to, charm, con, court, fawn*, get next to*, glorify, grovel, humor, inveigle, jolly, lay it on thick*, massage, oil*, overpraise …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 flatter — ► VERB 1) praise or compliment insincerely, especially to further one s own interests. 2) (usu. be flattered) cause to feel honoured and pleased. 3) (flatter oneself) believe something favourable about oneself, especially something unfounded. 4)… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 flatter — flatter1 [flat′ər] vt. [ME flateren < OFr flater, to smooth, caress with flat hand < Frank * flat, akin to OHG flaz, FLAT1] 1. to praise too much, untruly, or insincerely, as in order to win favor 2. to try to please, or ingratiate oneself… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 Flatter — Flat ter (fl[a^]t t[ e]r), n. 1. One who, or that which, makes flat or flattens. [1913 Webster] 2. (Metal Working) (a) A flat faced fulling hammer. (b) A drawplate with a narrow, rectangular orifice, for drawing flat strips, as watch springs, etc …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 9 flatter — index overestimate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 10 Flatter — Flatter,die:dieF.machen:⇨wegschleichen(I) …

    Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • 11 flatter — (fla té) v. a. 1°   Caresser par quelque attouchement (sens étymologique et primitif). Flatter un enfant. Flatter un cheval avec la main. Le chien flatte avec la queue. •   Puis, me flattant l épaule, il me fit librement L honneur que d approuver …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 12 FLATTER — v. a. Louer excessivement dans le dessein de plaire, de séduire. Ceux qui flattent les princes les corrompent. Les hommes aiment ordinairement ceux qui les flattent. Elle aime à s entendre flatter. Il ne sait point flatter.   En termes de… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 13 FLATTER — v. tr. Louer excessivement dans le dessein de plaire, de séduire, d’exploiter. Ceux qui flattent les princes les corrompent. Les hommes aiment ordinairement ceux qui les flattent. Elle aime à s’entendre flatter. Absolument, Il ne sait point… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 14 Flatter —          CHIRAC (Jacques)     Bio express : Homme d État français (1932 )     «Une esthétique du pouvoir a remplacé l exercice du pouvoir concédé à des entourages mondains, des experts technocratiques, des analystes financiers, des éminences… …

    Dictionnaire des citations politiques

  • 15 flatter — [[t]flæ̱tə(r)[/t]] flatters, flattering, flattered 1) VERB (disapproval) If someone flatters you, they praise you in an exaggerated way that is not sincere, because they want to please you or to persuade you to do something. [V n] I knew she was… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 flatter — v. 1) (D; refl.) to flatter on (to flatter oneself on one s knowledge of history) 2) (D; tr.) to flatter smb. about, on * * * [ flætə] on (D; tr.) to flatter smb. about (D; refl.) to flatter on (to flatter oneself on one s knowledge of history) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 flatter — flat|ter [ˈflætə US ər] v [T] [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: flater to move the tongue against, flatter ] 1.) to praise someone in order to please them or get something from them, even though you do not mean it ▪ Perry would always… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 flatter — vt. , aduler, louer pour séduire : insharmlyî (Annecy) ; fl(y)atâ (Aix.017, Saxel.002, Thônes.004 | Albanais.001) ; bl(y)agâ (Chambéry.025 | 001), bagâ (Albens) ; karèssî dyê l sanso du pai <caresser dans le sens du poil> (001) ; passâ la… …

    Dictionnaire Français-Savoyard

  • 19 flatter — UK [ˈflætə(r)] / US [ˈflætər] verb [transitive] Word forms flatter : present tense I/you/we/they flatter he/she/it flatters present participle flattering past tense flattered past participle flattered 1) to praise someone in order to get… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 flatter — flat|ter [ flætər ] verb transitive 1. ) to praise someone in order to get something you want, especially in a way that is not sincere: You re trying to flatter me, and it won t work. 2. ) if something flatters you, it makes you look good when… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English