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 Dictionary entry overview: What does flatter mean? 

FLATTER (verb)
  The verb FLATTER has 1 sense:

1. praise somewhat dishonestly

  Familiarity information: FLATTER used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

FLATTER (verb)

Sense 1flatter [BACK TO TOP]


Praise somewhat dishonestly

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


blandish; flatter

Hypernyms (to "flatter" is one way to...):

praise (express approval of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "flatter"):

soft-soap (use flattering talk on somebody)

adulate (flatter in an obsequious manner)

stroke (treat gingerly or carefully)

bootlick; fawn; kotow; kowtow; suck up; toady; truckle (try to gain favor by cringing or flattering)

brown-nose; butter up (flatter with the intention of getting something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot flatter Sue


disparage (express a negative opinion of)

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