Origin and Etymology of spiel
First Known Use: 1870See Words from the same year
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.
Recent Examples of spiel from the Web
The man begins his high-speed spiel, pushing bids up and up.
The quantity of Scaramucci’s profanity was higher and lent his spiel a distinctive quality.
But throughout the first nine episodes, Bomer is never given a character-defining scene like Don Draper's mesmerizing spiel about the Kodak Carousel slide projector.
Holliday had heard the same spiel his dad gave recruits, that only a slim margin of baseball players—around two percent—who sign pro contracts out of high school make it to the majors.
All while a stranger sits next to you, delivering some robotic spiel about APR and lane-assist technology.
So if that spiel goes on for several minutes, no thanks.
The good news for Tide fans is that this is usually his spiel every year coming out of the spring.
Stevenson and Watson, both open, friendly and handsome, attracted a few guys to the table, but mainly ones who had already heard the protect-yourself-against-H.I.V. spiel.
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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
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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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