Meaning "sale of chances" first recorded 1766.
Middle Dutch raffel "dice game tacticians contest challenge 1 Old Frisian hreppa "to move Old Norse hreppa "to reach, get Swedish rafs "rubbish Old High German raspon "to scrape together, snatch up in haste German raffen "to snatch away, sweep off from Proto-Germanic *khrap- "to pluck out, snatch off.".To dispose of (goods) in a raffle Derived Forms raffler, noun Word Origin C14 (a dice game from Old French, of obscure origin Collins English Dictionary - Complete Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition William Collins Sons.Oswald Bastable and Others Edith Nesbit Had it been a raffle, it would have been the other way about.Various, they are going to raffle, hartrath's picture, for the benefit of the Gingerbread Fair.T vb 1) ( tr ) to separate by tearing 2) ( intr, adverb ) to rush away; hurry 3) ( tr, adverb ) to produce in a hurry; do quickly and carelessly to tear off a letter 4) - tear off a strip adj.Verb (used with object raffled, raffling.Origin: From rafle, footaction promo codes november 2014 from rafle, raffle, from rafler, of origin, from Old from hrapnan, from (s)kreb(h)-, from (s)ker.Late 14c., "dice game from Old French rafle "dice game also "plundering perhaps from a Germanic source (cf.The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten Generally applied to pawnbrokers duplicates and raffle cards.
Wilson I shan't know what to do with them; unless I raffle them off.
Origin of raffle ; Middle English rafle dice game raff, related forms raffler, noun unraffled, adjective noun.
(transitive) often foll by off.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) We got five pounds thirteen and fivepence by the bazaar and the raffle.
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Can you run off 200 copies of this notice?All the early races have been run off.the dog often ran off cats and other animals that had intruded upon his owner's property.their rebellious daughter's run off because she was disciplined again.Examples, jim and Mary threatened to run off to get married.Cognate with raffel, raffen, hreppan.Origin, first recorded in ; raff -le m Unabridged, based on the Random House Dictionary, Random House, Inc.A lottery in which the prizes are goods rather than money (as modifier a raffle ticket verb.Someone ran the cattle off during the night.Contemporary Examples, historical Examples, i dont at all like the idea of vaudeville, and I abhor a raffle!1979, 1986 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source Word Origin and History for raffle.Showoff /of/ noun plural showoffs plural showoffs, learner's definition of showoff count informal disapproving : a person win 8 free games who tries to impress other people with his or her abilities or possessions see also show off at 1show.