[speel, shpeel] Informal.
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.

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

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To spiel
World English Dictionary
spiel (ʃpiːl)
1.  a glib plausible style of talk, associated esp with salesmen
vb (usually foll by off)
2.  (intr) to deliver a prepared spiel
3.  to recite (a prepared oration)
[C19: from German Spiel play]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

"glib speech, pitch," 1896, probably from verb (1894) meaning "to speak in a glib manner," earlier "to play circus music" (1870), from Ger. spielen "to play," from O.H.G. spilon (cognate with O.E. spilian "to play"). The noun also perhaps from Ger. Spiel "play, game."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Your personal statement should be a selling spiel about what a great candidate you are based on your experience.
Our standard spiel is to describe our work in the region.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature