- a usually high-flown talk or speech, especially for the purpose of luring people to a movie, a sale, etc.; pitch.
- to speak extravagantly.
Origin of spiel
Examples from the Web for spiel
When the crew finally reaches the tribe, they give them their spiel.Meet the Germans Having Sex to Save the World
March 13, 2013
I wonder the guards don't refuse their spiel at my coming and going.Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess
Henry W. Fischer
"Aw, boss, that was part of the spiel," he confessed frankly.From Place to Place
Irvin S. Cobb
That was what worried me most,—could I come across with the standin' spiel?Torchy, Private Sec.
"I don't get it," I said politely, when he'd finished his spiel.The Dope on Mars
John Michael Sharkey
The boys want me to make a spiel, but the saw is more in my line.The Lumberjack Sky Pilot
Thomas D. Whittles
- a glib plausible style of talk, associated esp with salesmen
- (intr) to deliver a prepared spiel
- (tr usually foll by off) to recite (a prepared oration)
Word Origin and History for spiel
"glib speech, pitch," 1896, probably from verb (1894) meaning "to speak in a glib manner," earlier "to play circus music" (1870), from German spielen "to play," from Old High German spilon (cognate with Old English spilian "to play"). The noun also perhaps from German Spiel "play, game."