from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A lengthy or extravagant speech or argument usually intended to persuade.
- transitive v. To talk or say (something) at length or extravagantly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A lengthy and extravagant speech or argument usually intended to persuade.
- n. A fast excuse or sales pitch.
- v. To talk at length.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A game; play; a curling-match.
- n. Talk; a yarn; lingo; patter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. replay (as a melody)
- n. plausible glib talk (especially useful to a salesperson)
- v. speak at great length (about something)
German, play, or Yiddish shpil, both from Middle High German spil, from Old High German.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The word has two possible etymologies: (Wiktionary)