Spile vs Spiel - What's the difference?

spile | spiel |

As nouns the difference between spile and spiel

is that spile is a splinter or spile can be a pile; a post or girder while spiel is game, play.

As a verb spile

is to plug (a hole) with a spile or spile can be to support by means of spiles or spile can be (us|dialect|ambitransitive) spoil.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Etymology 1

From (etyl) or (etyl) , (etyl) spile.


(en noun)
  • A splinter.
  • A spigot or plug used to stop the hole in a barrel or cask.
  • *1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
  • *:So I felt my way down the passage back to the vault, and recked not of the darkness, nor of Blackbeard and his crew, if only I could lay my lips to liquor. Thus I groped about the barrels till near the top of the stack my hand struck on the spile of a keg, and drawing it, I got my mouth to the hold.
  • (US) A spout inserted in a maple (or other tree) to draw off sap.
  • Verb

  • To plug (a hole) with a spile.
  • To draw off (a liquid) using a spile.
  • To provide (a barrel, tree etc.) with a spile.
  • Etymology 2

    Alteration of (pile), after Etymology 1, above.


    (en noun)
  • A pile; a post or girder.
  • Verb

  • To support by means of spiles.
  • Etymology 3

    Alteration of (l).


  • (US, dialect, ambitransitive) spoil.
  • Anagrams

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    Alternative forms

    * shpeal, schpeal * shpiel, schpiel * schpeel


    (en noun)
  • A lengthy and extravagant speech or argument usually intended to persuade.
  • *1910 , Irving Berlin,
  • *:I'd love to be there with a real pretty spiel
  • *:But three little words can explain how I feel
  • *20th century , Theodore Roethke, The Auction
  • *:The spiel ran on; the sale was brief and brisk;
  • *:The bargains fell to bidders, one by one.
  • *:Hope flushed my cheekbones with a scarlet disk.
  • *:Old neighbors nudged each other at the fun.
  • A fast excuse or sales pitch.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To talk at length.
  • Usage notes

    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.

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