See also: spiel

GermanEdit

 
Spiel

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German spil, from Old High German spil, from Proto-West Germanic *spil (dance).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ʃpiːl/
  • Rhymes: -iːl
  • (file)
  • (file)

NounEdit

Spiel n (strong, genitive Spieles or Spiels, plural Spiele, diminutive Spielchen n)

  1. (countable) a game (instance or way of playing)
  2. (uncountable) gameplay, the experience or act of playing
    Synonym: Spielen
    im Spielat play
  3. (uncountable, figuratively) leeway; wiggle room
    Der Personaler sagte mir, beim Gehalt sei noch Spiel nach oben.
    The HR guy told me there was some leeway for a higher salary.
  4. (uncountable, mechanics) backlash; lash; play; slack
  5. (Switzerland) military band, marching band

Usage notesEdit

  • German Spiel and especially its diminutive Spielchen are also used for an unstraightforward way of acting or maneuvering, as in Lass dich nicht auf seine Spielchen ein! (Don’t get involved in his little games!) The German word does not, however, have the specific sense of English spiel (lengthy, persuasive speech).

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HunsrikEdit

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Spiel n (plural Spiel)

  1. game, play

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PlautdietschEdit

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Spiel f (plural Spielen)

  1. pinfeather