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

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 Entering Greene's giveaway is free for the first chance. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Marjorie Taylor Greene, with new gun giveaway, vows no gun ban ‘on my watch'," 25 Feb. 2021 As a way to honor Todd McCalla, the Ohio man who founded National Margarita Day in 2009, Jose Cuervo is offering a giveaway. Leada Gore |, al, "National Margarita Day 2021: Best deals, discounts; recipes," 22 Feb. 2021 The notion of turning such a priceless slice of public land over to the private sector has riled residents as far back as 1962, when commissioners approved a 50-year lease in a no-bid deal critics at the time called a giveaway. Susannah Bryan,, "Bahia Mar deal would tie up public land for the next century," 20 Feb. 2021 Indiana did not score again on a Spartan giveaway after the 9:19 mark. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball suddenly finds its groove to rally past Indiana, 78-71," 20 Feb. 2021 The Bruins athletic director headed toward the football practice facility to make a major announcement, providing a giveaway with his sneakers. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: USC routs UC Irvine," 9 Dec. 2020 Larkin made his debut as captain of the Red Wings, and his giveaway helped the Hurricanes score first. Larry Lage, Star Tribune, "Hurricanes open with 3-0 win over rebuilding Red Wings," 14 Jan. 2021 Presented by NBC News correspondent Morgan Chesky, the Rios family was gifted a year's worth of mortgage payments paid off through 2021 (including tax!), as part of Envoy Mortgage's Gift of Home giveaway. Shacamree Gowdy, Chron, "Houston firefighter gets unexpected gift on 'TODAY' for hard work amid COVID-19," 13 Jan. 2021 The thief took many of gifts that had been donated to her Christmas giveaway, Project Angel Wings — personalized items that came straight from the wish lists of local children and adults with disabilities. Rebecca Lurye,, "Battling cancer and behind on rent, the Angel of Edgewood still spends the pandemic feeding Greater Hartford’s hungry," 25 Dec. 2020

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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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3 Mar 2021

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“Giveaway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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