fleech

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • fleich, fleitch, fleche (Scotland)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch fletsen (to flatter, fawn). More at flatter.

VerbEdit

fleech (third-person singular simple present fleeches, present participle fleeching, simple past and past participle fleeched)

  1. (transitive, Scotland) To wheedle; coax; cajole; induce with fair words; flatter.
    • 1884, John MacKay Wilson, Tales of the Borders and of Scotland (page 64)
      I fleeched him, and I coaxed him, and I kicked him, and I cuffed him; but I might as weal hae kicked my heel upon the floor, or fleeched the fireplace.
  2. (intransitive, Scotland) To use cajoling or flattering words; speak insincerely.

Derived termsEdit

  • fleecher
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