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
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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Instead, the President ballooned the deficit by trillions of dollars with a tax giveaway primarily benefitting [sic] big business and the wealthiest Americans. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Trump cancels planned January pay increase for civilian federal workers," 30 Aug. 2018 France’s fiscal giveaways announced this month to appease street protesters against President Emmanuel Macron also weakened the EU’s hawkish camp on the Italian budget dispute. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "Italy’s Growth Woes Set to Persist Despite EU Budget Blessing," 19 Dec. 2018 On Sunday night, Noah's Instagram account started advertising giveaways for free Apple products. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Oh No! Noah Centineo's Instagram Was Hacked," 27 Aug. 2018 Medenblik often coordinates giveaways on her blog with labels like and Urban Sophistication, who have both sent her pieces, too. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Who Are the Anonymous Users Running Instagram’s Most Famous Celebrity Style Instagram Accounts?," 19 July 2018 Food City giveaways Where: Remodeled store at 845 W. Southern Ave. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "How to score free groceries and gifts at Phoenix Food City on July 4 and 11," 3 July 2018 Donald Trump’s 2017 tax bill, for example, allowed drug makers to repatriate more than $175 billion banked offshore at giveaway rates. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "How Big Pharma Was Captured by the One Percent," 28 June 2018 The only giveaway was a Thanksgiving Day Instagram post by actor J.D. McCrary, who voices Simba in the upcoming film. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Surprise! Disney drops first trailer for “live-action” film The Lion King," 23 Nov. 2018 The giveaway is from the time restaurants open through 7 p.m. July 10. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Chick-fil-A freebie! Dressing up like a cow Tuesday gets you free chicken," 9 July 2018

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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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