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 An ideal protein box for distribution at a food bank giveaway contains a variety of items - for instance, chicken enchiladas, chicken noodles and chicken pot pie. Tom Orsborn,, "‘Promises not met’ — San Antonio event planner falls far short on food bank deliveries," 26 June 2020 For more information about the giveaway, contact Fredrick Thomas with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department at at (334) 625-4743 or USA TODAY, "Tattoos, masks, telemedicine, Yellowstone: News from around our 50 states," 23 June 2020 The giveaway is part of a new #DIYSummerfest campaign. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest is giving away can coolers from its now-canceled 2020 festival," 18 June 2020 The giveaway comes as Portland enters its fourth week of protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in Minneapolis on May 25 after a white police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. oregonlive, "Thanks to CJ McCollum, Trap Kitchen will once again serve free food to black Portlanders this Saturday," 17 June 2020 The post may give the impression that this giveaway is sponsored by Tiffin Motorhomes, but that is INCORRECT. Leada Gore |, al, "Tiffin Motorhomes says it’s not associated with Facebook post promising RV giveaway," 8 June 2020 For this giveaway to be a success, Troy had better deliver. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Epic will give away the next Total War game for free on launch day," 2 June 2020 The giveaway is the latest in Mack's ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts. Houston Chronicle, "Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know for April 24," 24 Apr. 2020 Even a food giveaway, for example, can be far more difficult to navigate for those who depend on public transportation. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: San Antonio housekeepers feel left behind by coronavirus aid programs," 18 Apr. 2020

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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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30 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Giveaway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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