follow Dictionary.com

Why is the ninth month called September?

spiel

[speel, shpeel] /spil, ʃpil/
noun
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)
2.
to speak extravagantly.
Origin
1890-1895
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
Examples for spiel
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for spiel

spiel

/ʃpiːl/
noun
1.
a glib plausible style of talk, associated esp with salesmen
verb
2.
(intransitive) to deliver a prepared spiel
3.
(transitive) usually foll by off. to recite (a prepared oration)
Derived Forms
spieler, noun
Word Origin
C19: from German Spiel play
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for spiel
n.

"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for spiel

spiel

noun
  1. A barker's or hawker's persuasive talk (1896+)
  2. A speech meant to persuade by force and eloquence; a sales patter; line: I'll give his honor a spiel (1896+)
  3. An advertising monologue on radio or television (1940s+)

[fr German spielen, ''play'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for spiel

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for spiel

7
9
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for spiel