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


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

Fans can view a display, be eligible for giveaways and meet the Raceway Girls. Noel Harris, sacbee, "Why several 18-wheelers will be in Sacramento and where to see (or drive around) them," 18 June 2018 Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect description for the Summerfest ticket giveaway at Diplo's June 22 concert. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ten best Milwaukee concerts this summer, from Dead & Company to Brandi Carlile to Ice Cube," 30 May 2018 The restaurant erroneously released an incorrect date for the giveaway. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Update: Moe's Southwest Grille's burrito giveaway, grand opening is May 17 in Akron," 10 May 2018 On Saturday, April 21, Loretta Wrobel , Steve Morytko, and Janet Bellamy were at Knowlton Hall, wrapping bare-root Sugar Maple, Nannyberry, and Buttonbush to prepare them for the public giveaway. Kitty Leshay, Courant Community, "An Activist Approach To Earth Day," 2 May 2018 Living Chandler partnered with Croffoot Heating and Air Conditioning of Chandler, which donated the unit for the giveaway. Victor Ren, azcentral, "Cool runnings: Teacher who works 3 other jobs wins air-conditioner for Chandler home," 20 Apr. 2018 Cousins accounted for five giveaways on Wednesday and he's had at least five in seven straight games, making him only the third player to pull that off since 2003. William Guillory,, "Tired legs, second-half slump doom Pelicans in loss to Hawks," 18 Jan. 2018 Others say the plan is a giveaway to developers and won’t really lower the cost of producing affordable housing. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Here’s what a plan to tackle climate change, density, and affordability looks like," 27 Nov. 2018 O’Connor and his Democratic allies have railed against the tax plan, casting it as a giveaway for the rich that exacerbates federal deficits and threatens Medicare and Social Security. Julie Carr Smyth, The Seattle Times, "Trump shadow looms over elections in Ohio, Kansas," 6 Aug. 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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