spruik

[sprook]

verb (used without object) Australian Slang.

to make or give a speech, especially extensively or elaborately; spiel; orate.

Nearby words

  1. spruce up,
  2. spruce-up,
  3. sprucely,
  4. sprucy,
  5. sprue,
  6. spruit,
  7. sprung,
  8. sprung molding,
  9. sprung rhythm,
  10. spry

Origin of spruik

First recorded in 1915–20; origin uncertain

Related formsspruik·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for spruik

spruik

verb

(intr) Australian archaic, slang to speak in public (used esp of a showman or salesman)
Derived Formsspruiker, noun

Word Origin for spruik

C20: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for spruik

spruik

1916, of unknown origin.

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