Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
flatter1

flat·ter1

flatter1

 
pronunciation:
flae tr
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word History
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: flattered, flattering, flatters
definition 1: to please with compliments.
antonyms:
abuse, insult
definition 2: to attempt to gratify the vanity of; praise insincerely or excessively.
definition 3: to represent favorably or show off to advantage.
The picture flatters him.That color of clothing flatters her.
similar words:
become
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to employ flattery.
derivations: flattering (adj.), flatteringly (adv.), flatterer (n.)
Word History
Flatter comes from an early French word that means "to caress."