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

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 The beer giveaway is one of several new incentives Mr. Biden announced on behalf of the administration and private businesses across the country to encourage more Americans to get vaccinated. Christopher Brito, CBS News, 3 June 2021 The multimillion-dollar giveaway is the most audacious effort yet on the part of state health officials to boost California’s flagging COVID-19 vaccination rates. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 Will Sunday’s giveaway of Reds baseball card sets at Great American Ballpark provide investment opportunities instead of souvenirs for kids 14 and younger? Jason Hoffman, The Enquirer, 20 May 2021 Examples in Minnesota included the Saints' giveaway of ticket vouchers at Tuesday night's home opener for fans who received their vaccinations at the stadium. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, 11 May 2021 Makeshift ladders laid out in the backyard were the only real giveaway of the family business. Matt Rivers, Luis Chaparro And Natalie Gallón, CNN, 4 May 2021 Half a century later, the city embraced the automobile, and eventually made free parking available for the fossil-fuel-burning machines—a remarkable giveaway of expensive public space that many carless citizens would like back now. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 In 2007, Disney introduced the Cinderella Castle Suite as a giveaway and part of its Year of a Million Dreams promotion. Dewayne Bevil,, 24 Feb. 2021 As students returned to the classroom recently, the church hosted a giveaway of school supplies. Roy S. Johnson |, al, 26 Oct. 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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7 Jun 2021

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“Giveaway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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