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

Examples of giveaway in a Sentence

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Photographer Mark Mirko’s coverage of a food giveaway at Rentschler Field was also singled out for honors. Staff,, 28 May 2021 This was his third gas giveaway, with $1 million worth of gasoline scheduled to be given away, with up to $20,000 at the Burbank station alone. Hannah Kohut, Chicago Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 Coming after Wilson staged his own gas giveaway before announcing his mayoral campaign, some dismissed the Lightfoot move as a political ploy. John Byrne,, 20 Apr. 2022 Gayle King was not initially thrilled with best friend Oprah Winfrey's famous red suit worn in her unforgettable car giveaway. Natasha Dado,, 28 Jan. 2022 In March 2021, the chain began its giveaway to encourage people to get vaccinated with a free doughnut a day. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 24 Jan. 2022 Altrusa International of Akron is collecting new and gently used prom dresses, dress shoes and accessories for its annual Princess Night Project dress giveaway. Megan Becka, cleveland, 20 Jan. 2022 Our District 2 toy giveaway was one of my favorite events this year! Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Dec. 2021 Young Dolph, whose name is Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr., was in Memphis for his annual Thanksgiving giveaway, attorney Scott Hall told NBC News. NBC News, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Giveaway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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