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spiel

verb \ ˈspēl , ˈshpēl \
Updated on: 20 Apr 2018

Definition of spiel

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

: 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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First Known Use of spiel

1896


SPIEL Defined for English Language Learners

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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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