spiel

A spiel is a lengthy, often glib talk that's intended to persuade or make excuses. Infomercials feature salespeople giving a 30-minute spiel about some product.

Used as a noun or verb, spiel originates from the German word spielen, meaning “to play." It's often somewhat rehearsed and should be greeted with skepticism. Upon turning 16, your child might give you a spiel about why they need a car for their birthday. In a political debate, if your stance doesn't sound original, thoughtful, and earnest, it may just come across as a spiel, leading your audience to think, "Oh, brother, there they go again."

Definitions of spiel
  1. noun
    plausible glib talk (especially useful to a salesperson)
    synonyms: line of gab, patter
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    type of:
    channel, communication channel, line
    (often plural) a means of communication or access
  2. verb
    speak at great length (about something)
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    type of:
    speak, talk
    exchange thoughts; talk with
  3. verb
    replay (as a melody)
    synonyms: play
    play
    play on an instrument
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    riff
    play riffs
    misplay
    play incorrectly, e.g., play a wrong note
    fiddle
    play on a violin
    replay
    play (a melody) again
    prelude
    play as a prelude
    jazz
    play something in the style of jazz
    rag
    play in ragtime
    bugle
    play on a bugle
    recapitulate, repeat, reprise, reprize
    repeat an earlier theme of a composition
    slur
    play smoothly or legato
    bang out
    play loudly
    modulate
    change the key of, in music
    tongue
    articulate by tonguing, as when playing wind instruments
    double tongue, triple-tongue
    play fast notes on a wind instrument
    type of:
    re-create
    create anew
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