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
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 That is wild, and especially problematic on a day like Sunday in Green Bay when their offense had three giveaways and allowed six sacks. Gary Gramling,, "Week 3 Takeaways: Brissett Blows Up, Chiefs Slow Lamar Jackson, Patriots on the Defensive," 22 Sep. 2019 The opening will feature free bowls for the first 50 guests, giveaways and a guest DJ. Leeanne Griffin,, "Free bowls part of Playa Bowls opening this weekend in West Hartford," 13 Nov. 2019 There will also be marching bands, contests and giveaways. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "There’s going to be a Super Bowl party in West Palm Beach. Best part? It’s free!," 11 Nov. 2019 Catch the Colts cheerleaders, the Colts Play 60 Zone, the Colts in Motion traveling museum, free giveaways and more. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 29 November festivals, events around Indianapolis to keep you busy," 1 Nov. 2019 Stop by to sign up on the priority reservation list at the Sneak Preview on the weekend of Oct. 26-27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with fall festivities, food trucks, hayride, giveaways and a pumpkin patch. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "A bold look at Denver area’s future: In Aurora, first large master plan in years has a fall-themed preview next weekend (Oct. 26-27)," 18 Oct. 2019 The free event will take place at sundown on Oct. 25 near the Moody Center for the Arts and feature food, live music, and giveaways; registration is required since space is limited. Cyndi Schramm, Houston Chronicle, "Rice University will release rescued owls ahead of Halloween," 15 Oct. 2019 Campers were treated to music, prize giveaways and games. Lisa Cisneros,, "Chicken lovers camp overnight as Chick-Fil-A opens; win free food once a week for a year," 13 Oct. 2019 The Gators had eight turnovers in all, including giveaways on downs, and won by 11 points. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Auburn is flawed, and maybe fatally," 6 Oct. 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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18 Nov 2019

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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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