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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Talks focused on branding, social media and entrepreneurship competed with neck massages (sponsored by a car brand), bra giveaways and skin care consultations. Flora Tsapovsky,, "I spent a year at women’s empowerment conferences: Hear me roar," 8 Jan. 2020 Keep Friendswood Beautiful has a busy start to the year with an annual tree giveaway and efforts to secure a state grant for beautifucation efforts for the city. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "How long will it take to give away 200 trees in Friendswood?," 31 Dec. 2019 Inside the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Fan Fest, people sporting jackets and jerseys from both teams listened to live music, ate from a variety of local food trucks and participated in raffles and other giveaways. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "2019 Fiesta Bowl: Clemson, Ohio State fans brave winter weather to root on teams," 28 Dec. 2019 This event will include a DJ, live music, silent auction, raffles and giveaways throughout the evening. Holly Baumbach,, "Things to do in Chicago today | Dec. 10," 10 Dec. 2019 In addition to the movies, there will be trailers, a raffle and giveaways. Susan Dunne,, "’Exorcist’ double feature rings in holiday season," 5 Dec. 2019 Festivities include a 2020 Maryland Jockey Club calendar giveaway and the chance to win prizes from the $10,000 giving tree, the latter with program purchase. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "LSU’s Joe Burrow to receive Unitas Golden Arm Award in Baltimore," 4 Dec. 2019 The Pops will have a special giveaway and hot chocolate, coffee, tea, cold drinks and holiday treats including candy canes will be handed out to passengers. USA TODAY, "Rosa Parks statue, newborn polar bear cub, quake rocks Oregon: News from around our 50 states," 2 Dec. 2019 Shops at Merrick Park will transform into a winter wonderland with live performances, Santa Claus, holiday characters, giveaways and more. Jennifer Boehm,, "Best bets for families: Brunch with Santa, kid’s beach night, Harry Potter(y) and more," 19 Nov. 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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Giveaway.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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