Origin of spiel
German spielen to play, from Old High German spilōn; akin to Old English spilian to revel
First Known Use: 1870
Simple Definition of spiel
: a fast speech that someone has often said before and that is usually intended to persuade people to buy something, agree to something, etc.
Full Definition of spiel
: a voluble line of often extravagant talk : pitch
Examples of spiel in a sentence
I listened to the salesman's spiel but still refused to buy anything.
He gave me a long spiel about the benefits of joining the club.
Did You Know?
There's more than one "spiel." The noun sense is well-known, and many of our readers may also be aware that "spiel" can be used as a verb for the act of talking extravagantly. But did you know that the verb can also mean "to play music"? That, in fact, was the word's original meaning - one it shares with its German root, spielen. ("Spiel" is also found in "glockenspiel," a musical instrument similar to the xylophone.) In Scottish English, "spiel" is also sometimes used as a shortened form of "bonspiel," a name for a match or tournament of the icy game of curling.
First Known Use of spiel
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