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


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

This giveaway is in celebration of the Louvre's 30th anniversary. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Airbnb is Giving Away One Night's Stay Under the Louvre’s Glass Pyramid," 2 Apr. 2019 The giveaway is for an Honor Play in Ultra Violet, with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. Adam Patrick Murray, PCWorld, "Giveaway: Win an Honor Play," 20 Mar. 2019 An Epic spokesman declined to comment on the giveaway. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "‘Apex Legends’ Is EA’s Move to Out-Fortnite ‘Fortnite’," 23 Feb. 2019 Learn helpful bike riding safety tips, get bicycle safety inspections, ride the obstacle course and enjoy giveaways. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "Cultural festivals, birthday parties among top family events this weekend," 28 Feb. 2018 Enjoy $4 tickets, the Alumni Softball Game on Sunday, plus autograph signings, selfie stations, and other specials and giveaways at each game this weekend at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "What to do with the kids this weekend: cartoons, Wizard of Oz," 6 June 2018 Browse through the photos above for a look at the Astros' bobbleheads as well as promotional giveaways at the ballpark this year. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Evan Gattis, Brian McCann bobblehead sells out in minutes," 21 June 2018 Therefore, the bobbleheads were not sales, but giveaways. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Cincinnati Reds argue in front of Ohio Supreme Court: No taxes on Reds bobbleheads," 13 June 2018 The Founders Senior and Community Center in Fountain Valley will hold a fundraiser June 21 with vendors, a complimentary lunch and giveaways. Daily Pilot Staff,, "Around Town: Laguna Beach streets to be filled with music at 11th Fete de la Musique," 13 June 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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