[ speel, shpeel ]
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  1. a usually high-flown talk or speech, especially for the purpose of luring people to a movie, a sale, etc.; pitch.

verb (used without object)
  1. to speak extravagantly.

Origin of spiel

First recorded in 1890–95; (for the noun) from German Spiel or Yiddish shpil “play, game”; (for the verb) from German spielen or Yiddish shpiln “to play, gamble”

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British Dictionary definitions for spiel


/ (ʃpiːl) /

  1. a glib plausible style of talk, associated esp with salesmen

  1. (intr) to deliver a prepared spiel

  2. (tr usually foll by off) to recite (a prepared oration)

Origin of spiel

C19: from German Spiel play

Derived forms of spiel

  • spieler, noun

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