spiel

Alternative Spellings

shpil, shpiel

Definitions

  • play, performance, speech. "A long, involved story or tale." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "She gave a whole shpiel about why we should donate money to the shul."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

שפּיל shpil

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

Edit     See something you disagree with? Feel free to edit it. All changes will be moderated.