Spiel

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German[edit]

Spiel

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German spil, from Old High German spil, from Proto-West Germanic *spil (dance).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʃpiːl/
  • Rhymes: -iːl
  • (file)
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

Spiel n (genitive Spiels or Spieles, plural Spiele, diminutive Spielchen n)

  1. (countable) a game (instance or way of playing)
  2. (uncountable) the act of playing
    Synonym: Spielen
  3. (uncountable, mechanics or figurative) leeway; wiggle room
    Der Personaler sagte mir, beim Gehalt sei noch Spiel nach oben.
    The HR guy told me there was some leeway for a higher salary.
  4. (Switzerland) military band, marching band

Usage notes[edit]

  • German Spiel and especially its diminutive Spielchen are also used for an unstraightforward way of acting or maneuvering, as in Lass dich nicht auf seine Spielchen ein! (Don’t get involved in his little games!) The German word does not, however, have the specific sense of English spiel (lengthy, persuasive speech).

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Further reading[edit]

  • Spiel” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Spiel in Duden online

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Spiel n (plural Spiel)

  1. game, play

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