From Middle Dutch fletsen (“to flatter, fawn”). More at flatter.
fleech (third-person singular simple present fleeches, present participle fleeching, simple past and past participle fleeched)
- (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.
- (intransitive, Scotland) To use cajoling or flattering words; speak insincerely.