Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

raffle

play
verb raf·fle \ˈra-fəl\

Simple Definition of raffle

  • : to give (something) as a prize in a raffle

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of raffle

raffled

raffling

play \ˈra-f(ə-)liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to engage in a raffle

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to dispose of by means of a raffle <raffle off a turkey>

Circa 1680

First Known Use of raffle

circa 1680


2

raffle

noun raf·fle

Definition of raffle

  1. :  a lottery in which the prize is won by one of numerous persons buying chances



Origin and Etymology of raffle

Middle English rafle, a dice game, from Middle French, dice game in which all the stakes can be won in a throw, literally, rake for a fire, from Middle High German raffel rake for a fire, from raffen to snatch, gather


First Known Use: 1766


3

raffle

noun raf·fle

Definition of raffle

  1. :  rubbish; especially :  a jumble or tangle of nautical equipment



Origin and Etymology of raffle

probably from French rafle act of snatching, sweeping, from Middle French, rake for a fire


First Known Use: 1881

Rhymes with raffle


RAFFLE Defined for Kids

1

raffle

play
noun raf·fle \ˈra-fəl\

Definition of raffle for Students

  1. :  a contest for a prize in which people buy tickets and which is won by the person whose ticket is picked at a drawing




2

raffle

play
verb raf·fle

Definition of raffle for Students

raffled

raffling

  1. :  to give (something) as a prize in a raffle





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up raffle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a simplified speech bridging languages

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

confounded-person

Which is a synonym of indolent?

philistine lazy frenetic melancholy
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ