give·away | \ ˈgiv-ə-ˌwā \
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

b : disclose, reveal

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 not affiliated with/supported by Kroger. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Amazon Prime Day: Gift cards, coupons and other scams to watch for," 14 July 2018 But the response was slow, with many local officials reacting to constituents' fears of having exchanges in their neighborhoods, and of needle giveaways enabling drug use, never mind what the experts said. Terry Demio,, "Living with HIV: Fueled by heroin, HIV makes an alarming resurgence in Cincinnati," 11 July 2018 Emilio, frustrated that stations won’t play their songs, sends the band into the streets with giveaway copies and, moments later, the group is heard playing on a radio. Daryl H. Miller,, "Review: 'On Your Feet!,' the Gloria and Emilio Estefan story, sets rhythms in irresistible motion," 11 July 2018 The unveiling ceremony is also slated to include special guests, remembrances from Becker’s friends and colleagues and some giveaways. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "New York to Dedicate Walter Becker Way in Late Steely Dan Member's Memory," 10 July 2018 The giveaway lasts from the time restaurants open until 7 p.m. Prefer to listen? Editors, USA TODAY, "Thai cave rescue mission, World Cup semifinals, Trump's European trip: 5 things to know Tuesday," 10 July 2018 This giveaway is not affiliated with/supported by Kroger. Holly Shively, ajc, "$250 Kroger coupon circulating on social media a fake; company warns don’t click on it," 9 July 2018 Canada’s giveaway of flags flown on Parliament Hill has surged in popularity since Mr. Villeneuve signed up last year. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "O, Canada, Only You Would Wait 99 Years for a Giant Flag," 9 July 2018 Investors flock to special economic zones across the region, lured by tax giveaways. The Economist, "Central Europe’s Goldilocks economies," 5 July 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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alleviating pain or harshness

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