(third-person singular simple present raffles, present participle raffling, simple past and past participle raffled)
- To award something by means of a raffle or random drawing, often used with off.
- They raffled off four gift baskets.
- (intransitive) To participate in a raffle.
- to raffle for a watch
From Middle English rafle, from Old French rafle, raffle (“dice game", also "plundering"), from rafler (“to snatch, seize, carry off"), from Frankish *raffolÅn, from Proto-Germanic *hrapÅnÄ…, *hrÄ“pÅnÄ… (“to scratch, touch, pluck out, snatch"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreb(h)-, *(s)kerb(h)- (“to turn, bend, shrink"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (“to turn, bend"). Cognate with Middle Dutch raffel (“dice game"), German raffen (“to snatch away, sweep off"), Old English hreppan (“to touch, treat, attack").