giveaway

noun give·away \ ˈgiv-ə-ˌwā \
Updated on: 20 May 2018

Definition of giveaway

plural giveaways
1 : an unintentional revelation or betrayal
2 a : something given away free; specifically : premium 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

Examples of giveaway in a Sentence

  1. The way she looked at him was a dead giveaway that they were more than just friends.

  2. The store is offering coffee mugs as free giveaways to attract new customers.

  3. The store is staging a promotional giveaway to attract new customers.

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First Known Use of giveaway

1882

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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give away

verb

Definition of give away

1 : to make a present of
2 : to deliver (a bride) ceremonially to the bridegroom at a wedding
3 a : betray
4 : to give (something, such as weight) by way of a handicap

Examples of give away in a Sentence

  1. the insincerity of his apology was given away by that slight smirk on his face

  2. gave away all her potted plants when she moved

First Known Use of give away

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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GIVEAWAY Defined for English Language Learners

giveaway

Definition of giveaway for English Language Learners

  • : 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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