[ speel, shpeel ]
/ spil, ʃpil /


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)

to speak extravagantly.

Origin of spiel

1890–95; (noun) < German Spiel or Yiddish shpil play, game; (v.) < German spielen or Yiddish shpiln to play, gamble
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British Dictionary definitions for spiel

/ (ʃpiːl) /


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)

Derived forms of spiel

spieler, noun

Word Origin for spiel

C19: from German Spiel play
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