n. Play, performance, speech.
n. "A long, involved story or tale" (JPS); a long, drawn-out explanation or introduction.
Languages of Origin
Yiddish שפּיל shpil, German spiel 'game, performance, play'
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
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