We were recently talking at home, and the worem>spielcame up. My husband said it came from the German language. I looked it up in my Merriam-Webster Dictionary app, and sure enough he was right. It is a reminder that the English language is full of borrowed words from others.
1 : to play music 2 : to talk volubly or extravagantly transitive verb
: to utter, express, or describevolubly or extravagantly
- spiel·er \ˈspē-lər\ noun
Origin: German spielen to play, from Old High German spilōn; akin to Old English spilian to revel.
First use: 1870
noun : a voluble line of often extravagant talk : pitch
First use: 1896