Definition of spiel in English:


Syllabification: spiel
Pronunciation: /spēl
, SHpēl


A long or fast speech or story, typically one intended as a means of persuasion or as an excuse but regarded with skepticism or contempt by those who hear it: he delivers a breathless and effortless spiel in promotion of his new novel
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  • For the course of the game he pretty much serves no purpose greater than giving you a basic spiel on your next mission.
  • That didn't surprise me, because he definitely hadn't had time to breathe while delivering his spiel.
  • She wasn't finished yet as she continued her spiel without taking a breath.
speech, patter, (sales) pitch, blurb, talk;
rigmarole, story, saga


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1Reel off; recite: he solemnly spieled all he knew
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  • Standing in front of a projected screen that displayed the words ‘In front of them all,’ he spieled out his military lingo with a Mid-Western accent, cycling through pictures and maps of wartime Korea.
  • He half listened as the local news reporters spieled off the latest information and traffic for the morning.
  • Early in the project, when asked by journalists, I simply spieled off theories of excarnation and an inverted underworld.
1.1 [no object] Speak glibly or at length.
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  • The great irony is, of course, with all this information - so much of it flotsam and jetsam - here am I, spieling.


late 19th century: from German Spiel 'a game'.

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