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


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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Slight changes around the eyes are indeed a giveaway as to whether a smile is sincere or faked. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "Computer Tells Real Smiles From Phonies," 9 Aug. 2019 Even though the album’s title should have been a dead giveaway to the album’s content (Chance married his childhood sweetheart this year), folks just weren’t satisfied. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Chance The Rapper Loves His Wife No Matter What You Think," 5 Aug. 2019 And Sunday's Kids Fun Day will have a toy-truck giveaway. Marc Bona,, "Cleveland Indians waive online fee for upcoming Royals games," 20 Aug. 2019 Just a nice coincidence the Angels have a tie-dye T-shirt giveaway Friday against the Chicago White Sox on the same night NBC Sports Chicago will bring Bill Walton into its booth to reunite with play-by-play man Jason Benetti. Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Dodgers games on YouTube give fans what Big Cable won’t," 11 Aug. 2019 This could end up being less of a behavior-changing incentive and more of a tax giveaway to companies that have offered telecommuting for years. Shirley Leung,, "Is Baker’s $18 billion bond bill a game changer for commuters?," 30 July 2019 To properly disburse the piles of shoeboxes that have overrun their home, Jernigan's family is hosting a back-to-school giveaway in August so families can pick up new shoes for their kids. Scottie Andrew And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "An Arkansas mom bought every pair of shoes at a closing Payless to donate to local students," 26 July 2019 Back to School Giveaway: A backpack giveaway takes place while supplies last from 4-6 p.m. July 26 at Wes Montgomery Park, 3400 N. Hawthorne Lane, Indianapolis. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Free backpacks, school supplies and more: Back-to-school events, parties around Indianapolis," 25 July 2019 Lavelle just took a giveaway on a throw-in and raced up the middle. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "U.S. Holds Off an Ascendant Spain, for Now, at Women’s World Cup," 24 June 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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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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concealment of treason or felony

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