To flatter with type words or affectionate activities to caress to cajole
- praise somewhat dishonestly
- To flatter with sort terms or affectionate activities; to caress; to cajole.
- to help make agreeable and enticing.
c.1300, from Old French blandiss-, present participle stem of blandir "to flatter, caress," from Latin blandiri "flatter, soothe, caress, coax," from blandus (see bland). OED reports it unusual in 17c., 18c. Relevant: Blandished; blandishing.
(v. t.) To flatter with type terms or affectionate actions; to caress; to cajole.
- (v. t.) To produce agreeable and enticing.