1 To swindle or dupe; to intend to cheat or trick; hence vbl n honeyfuggling.
- 1829 Va. Lit. Museum 30 Dec. 458 (DAE) KY, Honeyfuggle, to quiz, to cozen.
- 1848 Bartlett Americanisms 179, Honey-fogle, to swindle; to cheat; to lay plans to deceive.
- 1852 Knickerbocker 40.548 FL, A neighbor . . honey-fackled him in the matter of a heap of logs.
- 1858 Harper’s New Mth. Mag. 17.270/1, “It’s all honey-fuggling”. . . “What’s honey-fuggling?” “It’s cutting it too fat over the left.”
- 1931 Hench Coll. cVA, Alderman was no judge of men. He never could tell whether a man was a gentleman or a bounder. Anybody could honeyfogle him.
2 To flatter, sweet-talk; to wheedle; to ballyhoo; hence n honeyfoogler a flatterer.
- 1856 Knickerbocker 48.286 (OEDS), They go cavorting out, honey-fuggling their consciences.
- 1856 U.S. Congress Congressional Globe 34th Cong 1st Sess 22 July app 965/1 NE, Pardon me for using the word; but Sharp “honey-fuggled” around me.
- 1899 (1912) Green VA Folk-Speech 229, Honeyfuggle. . . To cajole; wheedle.
- 1906 DN 3.141 nwAR, Honey-fuggle. . . To cajole, flatter. “He can’t honey-fuggle him.”
- 1912 NY Eve. Jrl. 8th ed 25 Mar 12 (Zwilling Coll.), [Cartoon:] The colonel was up on the platform honey fugling the small town boys to beat the band. He was just starting to tell how he knocked an elephant dead with one punch when—Crash.
- 1912 DN 3.578 wIN, Honey fuggle. . . To win with sweet promises. Sometimes pronounced fugle.
- 1930 Shoemaker 1300 Words 28 cPA Mts (as of c1900), Honeyfoogler—One who gets into another’s graces by flattery.
- 1960 Wentworth–Flexner Slang 265, Honeyfuggle[,] honeyfogle. . . To flatter or cajole; esp. to flatter or cajole one’s sweetheart . . or an attractive woman, esp. to do so to gain sexual favor or make her forget anger or displeasure. . . Archaic.
3 with with: To consort with, “snuggle up to.”
- 1887 Courier–Jrl. (Louisville KY) 7 May 4/4, The modern practices in politics of . . temporizing with cranks, demagogues and tricksters instead of sending them to the rear; and of honey-fuggling with rascals instead of hitting them a death-blow between the eyes.
- 1898 Harte Stories in Light 191, Honeyfogling with a horse-thief, eh?
4 To lure, entice.
- 1888 Century Illustr. Mag. 36.81/2 IL, He acts like a man that ’s got a deadfall all sot, un is a-tryin’ to honey-fugle the varmint to git ’im to come underneath.
- 1894 DN 1.331 NJ, Honey-fogle: to allure by traps.
- 1902 Harben Abner Daniel 157 (DAE), He’s been tryin’ to honeyfuggle the old man into a trade, but I don’t think he made a deal with ’im.
5 also honeyfuddle: To show affection in public.