Raffle Definition

răfəl
raffled, raffles, raffling
noun
raffles
A lottery in which each participant buys a chance or chances to win a prize.
Webster's New World
Rubbish; debris.
American Heritage
A jumble or tangle, esp. of ropes, canvas, etc. on a ship.
Webster's New World

A drawing, often held as a fundraiser, in which tickets or chances are sold to win a prize.

He entered a raffle to win a lifetime supply of toothpaste, but he did not win.
Wiktionary
verb
raffled, raffles, raffling
To offer as a prize in a raffle.
Webster's New World
To dispose of in a raffle. Often used with off.
American Heritage
To take part in a raffle.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
  • raffle-off
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Other Word Forms of Raffle

Noun

Singular:
raffle
Plural:
raffles

Origin of Raffle

  • From Middle English rafle, from Old French rafle, raffle (“dice game", also "plundering"), from rafler (“to snatch, seize, carry off"), from Frankish *raffolōn, from Proto-Germanic *hrapōnÄ…, *hrÄ“pōnÄ… (“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").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English rafle a game using dice from Old French act of seizing, dice game perhaps of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably from French rafle act of seizing from Old French raffle1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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