- The definition of a spiel is a long-winded speech that usually tries to persuade people to do something.
An example of a spiel is a speech about why people should buy a certain product.
- Spiel is defined as to give a long-winded speech about why people should do something.
An example of to spiel is to give a lengthy speech about why people should vacation in a particular state.
Origin of spielGer, play, game
Origin of spielGer spielen, to play
intr. & tr.v.spieled, spiel·ing, spiels
Origin of spielGerman play or Yiddish shpil both from Middle High German spil from Old High German
(third-person singular simple present spiels, present participle spieling, simple past and past participle spieled)
- To talk at length.
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.
The word has two possible etymologies:
- from the Scots word for game, competition, or (sporting) match from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German spel; or from the German Spiel. Cognate with Old English spilian (“to revel, play"). See speel.
- from ×©×¤Ö¼×™×œ (shpil), a Yiddish word used in prison culture (cognate to German Spiel), an evolutionary stage between rap and hip hop and the earlier chain gang songs influenced by gospel and Afro-Caribbean music.