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give·​away ˈgiv-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce giveaway (audio)
plural giveaways
: an unintentional revelation or betrayal
: something given away free
specifically : premium sense 1d
: the act of giving something away free
staging a promotional giveaway
: a radio or television program on which prizes are given away
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

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gave away; given away; giving away; gives away

transitive verb

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

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Example Sentences

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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Look for Dimples in Trim Like drywall fasteners, finish nails in trim are often a dead giveaway for a stud's location. Kamron Sanders, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Aug. 2022 Still, given the opaqueness of most organization-specific login pages, even the sketchy domain name might not be a dead giveaway. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 12 July 2022 Being overly insistent about one’s innocence is a dead giveaway. Ky Henderson, Rolling Stone, 18 Apr. 2022 In his home state of Maharashtra, his last name was a dead giveaway. Sonia Paul, Wired, 1 Mar. 2022 The steel posts should have been a dead giveaway that there would be a Steel Cage match. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 There were around 800 toys piled high in the back of a truck at the start of the giveaway, and the truck was nearly empty around two hours later. Shanzeh Ahmad, Chicago Tribune, 8 July 2022 Then, at a pregame tailgate party Friday afternoon, he was handed a Guardians T-shirt as part of a promotional giveaway. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2022 Singh estimated that the church had bought gas for about 75 vehicles in the first hour of the giveaway and 140 by noon. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Giveaway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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