spiel

verb
\ ˈspēl How to pronounce spiel (audio) , ˈshpēl\
spieled; spieling; spiels

Definition of spiel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to play music
2 : to talk volubly or extravagantly

transitive verb

: to utter, express, or describe volubly or extravagantly

spiel

noun

Definition of spiel (Entry 2 of 2)

: a voluble line of often extravagant talk : pitch

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from spiel

Verb

spieler \ ˈspē-​lər How to pronounce spieler (audio) , ˈshpē-​ \ noun

Did You Know?

Noun

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.

Examples of spiel in a Sentence

Noun

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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

George had spieled a third version of that boss blonde in the picture. James Ellroy, Vanities, "James Ellroy’s Buzz M for Murder," 7 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cue Peele as the narrator, delivering the customary send-off spiel. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Jordan Peele's Take on The Twilight Zone's "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" Breaks from the Original," 3 Apr. 2019 Generally, the games begin with an employee gathering you and your friends at a door to give you a spiel. Molly Young, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Escape Rooms," 25 Apr. 2018 Kerr tries to wrap up his whole spiel with about seven minutes showing on the clock — six minutes at the latest. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Why Do the Warriors Dominate the 3rd Quarter? Consider Their Halftime Drill," 31 May 2018 There is a lot of theming sprinkled around, right down to the please-no-flash-photography spiel. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "First (and second) look: 'Guardians of the Galaxy — Awesome Mix Live' at Epcot," 11 June 2018 At first, Marlo resists, giving a spiel about not trusting a stranger with her children. refinery29.com, "Tully Review: The Movie That's Better Than Birth Control," 30 Apr. 2018 His spiel is goofy, caffeinated, and moderately cocky. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "How Fortnite Captured Teens’ Hearts and Minds," 14 May 2018 Thankfully, her spiel is interrupted by the news that June is pregnant. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Premiere Takes the Show to a Completely Unexpected Place," 25 Apr. 2018 The company, which had just eight employees as recently as December (mostly engineers in Israel), pitched itself differently than the typical cybersecurity marketing spiel. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Cyber Saturday—How Facebook and GDPR Propelled an Underdog to Victory at RSA Conference," 21 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'spiel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of spiel

Verb

1870, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spiel

Verb

German spielen to play, from Old High German spilōn; akin to Old English spilian to revel

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about spiel

Listen to Our Podcast about spiel

Dictionary Entries near spiel

spie

spiedino

spiegeleisen

spiel

Spielberg

spier

spiff

Statistics for spiel

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for spiel

The first known use of spiel was in 1870

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for spiel

spiel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spiel

informal : a fast speech that someone has often said before and that is usually intended to persuade people to buy something, agree to something, etc.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on spiel

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with spiel

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for spiel

Spanish Central: Translation of spiel

Comments on spiel

What made you want to look up spiel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

something valued as if it were money

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!