spiel

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The word has two possible etymologies:

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spiel (plural spiels)

  1. A lengthy and extravagant speech or argument usually intended to persuade.
    • 1910, Irving Berlin, Dear Mayme, I Love You
      I'd love to be there with a real pretty spiel
      But three little words can explain how I feel
    • 20th century, Theodore Roethke, The Auction
      The spiel ran on; the sale was brief and brisk;
      The bargains fell to bidders, one by one.
      Hope flushed my cheekbones with a scarlet disk.
      Old neighbors nudged each other at the fun.
  2. A fast excuse or sales pitch.

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spiel (third-person singular simple present spiels, present participle spieling, simple past and past participle spieled)

  1. To talk at length.

Usage notes[edit]

In the United States spiel is used to describe the protean rap music vocalizations in the 1960s, for example as used by The Last Poets. It is also used by Lenny Bruce to describe his beat era comedy routines.

In Scotland it is used in Scots or Scottish English linguistic contexts, for example in the expression "wheesht yer spiel", meaning "shut up". It is also used to refer to a curling match held between members of the same club or community, as opposed to a bonspiel which refers to a curling match between teams, clubs or communities.

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