spel

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Aromanian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From a Vulgar Latin root *experlavō, from Latin perlavō. Compare Daco-Romanian spăla, spăl, and also Albanian shpëlaj.

Verb[edit]

spel (past participle spilatã)

  1. I wash.
  2. (reflexive, mi-spel) I wash myself.

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spel n (plural spellen or spelen, diminutive spelletje n or speeltje n)

  1. game
  2. playing (e.g. of a musical instrument)

Usage notes[edit]

The plural form spellen is used referring to

  • several repetitions of one kind of game (sets, rounds, matches)
Na enkele denkspellen gespeeld te hebben, kon hij niet meer helder nadenken. – After having played a few thinking games he could no longer think clearly.
  • the physical accessories needed for particular games
Ik heb thuis drie gezelschapspellen liggen. – I have three board games at home.

The plural form spelen is used referring to

  • different kinds of games
Speel je graag gezelschapspelen? – Do you like to play board games?
Hij blinkt uit in denkspelen. – He excels at thinking games.

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Verb[edit]

spel

  1. first-person singular present indicative of spellen
  2. imperative of spellen

Old English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *spellą, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *spel- (to tell).

Noun[edit]

spel n

  1. news
  2. message
  3. tale

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Swedish[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Old Swedish spil, from Middle Low German spil and Old Saxon spil, from unknown origin.

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spel n

  1. a play, a game; a person's or animal's happy, joyous movement or entertainment; activity for amusement only; a pursuit or activity with rules performed either alone or with others, for the purpose of entertainment
    lek och spel
    fun and games
    orrarnas spel
    the courtship game of the grouse
  2. the accessories used for an entertaining or amusing pursuit; such as a board game
  3. an instance of gambling
  4. acting; the performance of an actor in a work of drama
  5. play, playing; the performance of someone who plays something, such as a musician, a sportsman or player of games
  6. play, slack; the unwanted movement of a mechanical part e.g. due to not being fastened or tightened sufficiently
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Etymology 2[edit]

Old Swedish spill, from Middle Low German spille, cognate with German Spindel and English spindle. With time, the Swedish word has adopted the declension pattern of spel in Etymology 1. Note that spindel is also a Swedish word.

Noun[edit]

spel n

  1. a winch
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Volapük[edit]

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Noun[edit]

spel (plural spels)

  1. hope

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