One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Charm, flatter, or persuade (someone) in an insincere or deceitful way.‘he sloothered him up and dosed him with brandy’‘the sloothering matchmaker’
- ‘If you, as our elected Government, slip, slide, and sloother your way into supporting it, you are not acting in our name!’
- ‘He used to amuse me the things he said with the half sloothering smile of his.’
- ‘He played the rogue with fine sloothering tones.’
- ‘She was hard-set not to go over to him and begin sloothering him.’
- ‘He had been intrigued by the sloothering sales letter I'd written.’
Late 19th century: probably of imitative origin.
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