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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Scotland's consolation came on a giveaway by Japan's Nana Ichise, who under no pressure, saw her pass go straight to substitute Lana Clelland. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Scotland performance against Japan at World Cup leaves Hope Solo unimpressed," 14 June 2019 Following a Bruins giveaway, Jaden Schwartz raced up ice and went around a diffident defensive effort from Marchand, who gave a matador check at his own blue line and headed off the ice for a change. Globe Staff,, "Once again, an imperfect finish for Tuukka Rask," 13 June 2019 The Orioles celebrated LGBTQ Pride Night on Wednesday, which included an O's pride cap giveaway. Jon Meoli,, "Chris Davis sits for fourth time since return from IL as Orioles 'try to put him in a position to have success'," 13 June 2019 Dirk Nowitzki Mike Moustakas The Milwaukee Brewers topped their crowd-pleasing Christian Yelich bobblehead giveaway with another surprise gift, thanks to their infielder., "Dirk Nowitzki, teary after NBA retirement, has been smiling ever since then," 9 June 2019 The Astros added four new bobblehead giveaways for fans to this season's schedule Friday. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Astros add four bobblehead giveaways to schedule," 7 June 2019 The Raptors' 2018-19 success and their NBA Finals playoff run have cost McDonald's restaurants in Ontario, Canada more than $5.8 million in free french fries as part of a giveaway tied to the number of three's Toronto scores in a game. Emily Caron,, "Raptors' NBA Finals Run Has Cost McDonald's Millions in Free French Fries," 7 June 2019 Among several other giveaways planned, Five Below will hand out mystery scratch-off tickets to the first 100 shoppers in line at 9 a.m. Friday. Elissa Robinson, Detroit Free Press, "Five Below, Forever 21 to open at Roseville's Macomb Mall," 4 June 2019 Freebies There are two noteworthy game giveaways this weekend. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Iron Maiden sues 3D Realms, Larian teases Baldur's Gate III," 31 May 2019

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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