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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Flat"ter
  1. One who, or that which, makes flat or flattens.
  2. [Metal Working]
    1. A flat-faced fulling hammer.
    2. A drawplate with a narrow, rectangular orifice, for drawing flat strips, as watch springs, etc.
verb Flat"ter
  1. To treat with praise or blandishments; to gratify or attempt to gratify the self-love or vanity of, esp. by artful and interested commendation or attentions; to blandish; to cajole; to wheedle."When I tell him he hates flatterers, He says he does, being then most flattered." [Shak.]"A man that flattereth his neighbor, spreadeth a net for his feet." [Prov. xxix. 5.]"Others he flattered by asking their advice." [Prescott.]
  2. To raise hopes in; to encourage or favorable, but sometimes unfounded or deceitful, representations.
  3. To portray too favorably; to give a too favorable idea of; as, his portrait flatters him.

Etymology: OE. flateren, cf. OD. flatteren; akin to G. flattern to flutter, Icel. flaðra to fawn, flatter: cf. F. flatter. Cf. Flitter Flutter Flattery

verb Flat"ter
To use flattery or insincere praise.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Praise somewhat dishonestly

flat +‎ -er

  1. A type of set tool used by blacksmiths.
  2. A flat-faced fulling hammer.
  3. A drawplate with a narrow, rectangular orifice, for drawing flat strips such as watch springs.
  4. Someone who flattens, purposely or accidently. Also flattener.
  5. (Britain, New Zealand, slang) Someone who lives in a rented flat.
  • From Middle English flatteren, flateren (“to flutter, float, fawn over”), probably a conflation of Old English floterian, flotorian (“to flutter, float, be disquieted”), from Proto-Germanic *flutrōną (“to be floating”), from Proto-Indo-European *plewd- (“to flow, swim”); and Old Norse flaðra (“to fawn on someone, flatter”), from Proto-Germanic *flaþrōną (“to fawn over, flutter”), from Proto-Indo-European *peled- (“moisture, wetness”), *pel- (“to gush, pour out, fill, flow, swim, fly”).
  • Cognate with Scots flatter, flotter (“to float; splash; cover with liquid”), Middle Dutch flatteren (“to embellish, flatter, caress”), German flattern (“to flutter”).
  • The word was also associated with Middle French flatter (“to flatter, to caress with the flat of the hand”), from Old French flater (“to deceive by concealing the truth, to stroke with the palm of the hand”), from Frankish *flat (“palm, flat of the hand”), from Proto-Germanic *flatą, *flatō (“palm, sole”), *flataz (“flat”), from Proto-Indo-European *plÁt-, *pele-, *plāk- (“flat, broad, plain”); related to Old High German flazza (“palm, flat of the hand”), Old High German flaz (“level, flat”), Old Saxon flat (“flat”), Old Norse flatr (“flat”) (whence English flat), Old Frisian flet, flette (“dwelling, house”), Old English flet, flett (“ground floor, dwelling”). More at flat.

    flatter was also found in the following language(s): French, German, and Middle French

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    Ron was born on April 9th, 1959.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Flatter U.S.
      White 96.21% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Flatter are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Flatter

    • How Popular is the name Flatter? As a last name Flatter was the 73,464th most popular name in 2010.
    • How unique is the name Flatter? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Flatter was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
    • Weird things about the name Flatter: Your name in reverse order is Rettalf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Trfalte. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Flatter? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 264 people with the last name Flatter.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Flatter? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Flatter as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    Past life for Flatter born Apr 9, 1980

    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Portugal approximately on 1575. Your profession was sailor and shoemaker.

    As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. The world is full of ill and lonely people. You should help those, who are less fortunate than you are.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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