give·​away | \ ˈgiv-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce giveaway (audio) \
plural giveaways

Definition of giveaway

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an unintentional revelation or betrayal
2a : something given away free specifically : premium sense 1d
b : the act of giving something away free staging a promotional giveaway
3 : a radio or television program on which prizes are given away
4 sports : an error or poor play that allows an opponent to gain control of the ball or puck : a mistake that results in a turnover As a team the Dolphins have committed a league-low 12 giveaways.— Jim Trotter

give away

gave away; given away; giving away; gives away

Definition of give away (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make a present of
2 : to deliver (a bride) ceremonially to the bridegroom at a wedding
4 : to give (something, such as weight) by way of a handicap

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Examples of giveaway in a Sentence

Noun The way she looked at him was a dead giveaway that they were more than just friends. The store is offering coffee mugs as free giveaways to attract new customers. The store is staging a promotional giveaway to attract new customers. Verb the insincerity of his apology was given away by that slight smirk on his face gave away all her potted plants when she moved
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fort Lauderdale exhausted its sandbag giveaway at Mills Pond Park. David Fleshler,, "Hurricane Dorian’s path continues away from Florida in 2 p.m. update from National Hurricane Center," 31 Aug. 2019 Frontier Airlines is known for its eye-catching giveaways. Leora Arnowitz, USA TODAY, "Frontier Airlines will let you fly for free if you have this last name," 8 Aug. 2019 The West Hartford Wireless Zone location will distribute more than 100 free backpacks, on July 21, at its eighth annual backpack giveaway. Michael Walsh,, "West Hartford Wireless Zone Store Giving Away Free Backpacks," 15 July 2019 But Mayor Ras Baraka said the water giveaway is out of an abundance of caution. Don Dahler, CBS News, ""Fix it!": Newark residents concerned over lead in water supply," 12 Aug. 2019 The giveaway is part of the San Diego Oasis Intergenerational Literacy Tutoring Program. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, July 11," 11 July 2019 The ticket giveaway was reportedly in response to the closure of public pools around Louisville due to city budget concerns. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Massive crowd gathers for Kentucky Kingdom season pass giveaway," 10 June 2019 As part of the settlement, the tobacco companies agreed to tough restrictions on the use of cartoon characters, product giveaways and billboards. Washington Post, "‘Blood money’? Purdue settlement would rely on opioid sales," 17 Sep. 2019 Guests can sample many different varieties throughout the three-hour event, which will also feature giveaways and other activities throughout. Adam Lukach,, "Pull up to ‘The Rickmobile’ or drink wine on the beach — here are 5 things to do in Chicago this weekend," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of giveaway


1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Nov 2019

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The first known use of giveaway was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of giveaway

: something (such as a movement or a facial expression) that clearly shows the truth or existence of something that had not been known
: something that is given away free
: an event at which things are given away

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