give·​away | \ˈgiv-ə-ˌwā \
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


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

b : disclose, reveal

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

Keep scrolling for more

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Of course, there is the caveat that these games' giveaways could be yanked from accounts by Microsoft at any moment. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "As PUBG for PS4 looms, Xbox unofficially responds: have the game for free," 7 Nov. 2018 Events, announcements and promotional giveaways will take place during the Brigade at Washington Valor and Philadelphia Soul at Albany Empire games today., "Digest (July 6): Wizards expected to sign Dwight Howard," 6 July 2018 The pink diaper wrapped around its bottom was a dead giveaway. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Emotional support pigeon goes on the lam in Oklahoma wearing pink diaper," 26 June 2018 The giveaway will happen in two time slots: from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and from 4-8 p.m. The restaurant will close from 3 to 4 p.m. to give employees a chance to catch their breaths. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Joe's Real BBQ's Free Barbecue Day is May 2 in Gilbert," 1 May 2018 There are also giveaways on three consecutive days as part of the 1968 reunion weekend in September. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Comerica Park: Extended netting along base lines among new things for 2018," 28 Mar. 2018 Breakfast at Gulfstream Watch horses work out, see weekly character appearances, enjoy giveaways, prizes and guest speakers. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Fort Lauderdale area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 When: 3-8 p.m. Friday Where: 3420 Rusk Details: Yappy Hour A pet-friendly happy hour at Bagby Park that features treats, giveaways, contests and prizes. Houston Chronicle, "Family Fun: Fun with dogs and Rainbow on the Green," 20 June 2018 High courts already have ruled that the Milwaukee Brewers and the Minnesota Twins are required to pay taxes on giveaways, while the Kansas City Royals successfully challenged a similar decision. Dave Clark,, "Ohio Supreme Court to consider whether Reds' giveaways should be taxed," 5 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'giveaway.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of giveaway


1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about giveaway

Statistics for giveaway

Last Updated

18 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for giveaway

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for giveaway



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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on giveaway

What made you want to look up giveaway? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


by force of circumstances

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!