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
3a : betray
4 : to give (something, such as weight) by way of a handicap

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Examples of giveaway in a Sentence


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.


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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Browse through the photos above for a look at the Astros' giveaways for fans the rest of the season. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Astros freebies this weekend include Gerrit Cole bobblehead," 5 July 2019 Pulisic’s early activity never filtered down to the rest of the American attack, and McKennie had far too many giveaways for a player with his responsibility in the middle of midfield. Brian Straus,, "USMNT Gets Away With Disjointed Showing vs. Curacao, Advances in Gold Cup," 30 June 2019 Live entertainment at Hart Plaza Ford is providing a DJ and giveaways for people waiting to see the fireworks at Hart Plaza from 5-9 p.m. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit fireworks 2019: How to watch the show, what to know," 21 June 2019 But putting Kit’s face on the envelope might be a bit of a giveaway, at least for postmen across the country. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Of Course Kit Harington and Rose Leslie's Wedding Invites Include a Game of Thrones Nod," 30 Apr. 2018 Plus, enjoy yummy chocolate egg giveaways for the entire family during the Miranda Cuisine & Bar Easter Brunch. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "Easter dinner fun for families in South Florida," 29 Mar. 2018 The hotel is also offering a giveaway for the April 10 event. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Justin Vernon will help make you a six-course dinner, play music, at his Eau Claire hotel," 9 Mar. 2018 Another giveaway for a bad batch is through scent: your mussels should be funk-free. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "Mussels Are the Easiest Fancy Food You Can Make Yourself Tonight," 28 Feb. 2018 The dealership originally partnered with a local Chatom dealer, Andrews Ace Hardware and Seed Store, and the Athletic Locker in Waynesboro, Mississippi, for the giveaway. The Washington Post,, "Ford to Alabama dealership: No Bible, flag, gun deals," 27 June 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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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