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spiel

play
verb \ˈspēl, ˈshpēl\

Definition of spiel

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to play music

  3. 2 :  to talk volubly or extravagantly

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to utter, express, or describe volubly or extravagantly

spieler

play \ˈspē-lər, ˈshpē-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of spiel

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


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spiel

noun

Definition of spiel

  1. :  a voluble line of often extravagant talk :  pitch

Examples of spiel in a Sentence

  1. I listened to the salesman's spiel but still refused to buy anything.

  2. He gave me a long spiel about the benefits of joining the club.

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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

1896


SPIEL Defined for English Language Learners

spiel

noun

Definition of spiel for English Language Learners

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

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