Definition of spruik in English:

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spruik

Pronunciation: /spruːk/

verb

[no object] Australian informal
1Speak in public, especially to advertise a show: men who spruik outside striptease joints
More example sentences
  • Speaking at the annual Festival of Science in Dublin, he urged scientists not to spruik for public support by overselling the potential of stem cell research.
  • In Naming the minority, a new group, Australians Against Racism, spruiked for donations to fund television advertisements on refugees and received a big response.
  • And immediately after I'd started speaking, my opponent arranged for the local motorbike club to get their bikes and go racing up and down outside the corner where I was trying hard to spruik.
1.1Promote or publicize: the company forked out $15 million to spruik its digital revolution
More example sentences
  • Frankie errs on the side of edgy celeb rather than pimping stars spruiking the latest big Hollywood blockbuster.
  • I've had two types of Liberal Party polling spruiked to me recently.
  • There's more spruiking on the show than there is actual dancing.

Derivatives

spruiker

noun
Example sentences
  • Neil Jenman, an Australian real estate agent famous for his crusades on integrity in the real estate game has this to say about spruikers in the property market.
  • So against our better judgement we responded to one of the spruikers ' calls.
  • On one occasion, the spruiker refused point blank to tell me the name of the company he was representing.

Origin

Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with spruik

archduke, chibouk, duke, Farouk, fluke, kook, Luke, nuke, peruke, puke, rebuke, Seljuk, snook, souk, stook, tuque, zouk

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