spieler

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Noun[edit]

spieler (plural spielers)

  1. A person that speaks fluently, glibly.
    • 1961, Vincent F. Seyfried,The Long Island Rail Road: A Comprehensive History, Part I
      Two thousand men, women and children turned out for this giant excursion and danced and drank the day away while professional spielers extolled the virtues of the new metropolis and inveigled the unwary into investment.
  2. Hence, a person that loudly solicits customer crowds, a barker.
    • 1909, Jack London, Martin Eden, chapter 31:
      "Bosco! He eats 'em alive! Eats 'em alive!" Brissenden exclaimed, imitating the spieler of a locally famous snake-eater.
  3. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) A swindler, a gambler.
    • 1891, Banjo Paterson, An Evening in Dandaloo
      That a crowd of Sydney stealers,
      Jockeys, pugilists and spielers
      Brought some horses, real heelers,
      Came and put us through.