Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal The act or an instance of giving something away, especially the appropriation of natural resources or public lands for private gain.
  • n. Informal Something given away at no charge, especially a premium.
  • n. Informal Something that accidentally exposes or betrays.
  • n. Informal A radio or television program on which prizes are given away to contestants.
  • n. Informal Legislation, such as a tax law, that benefits only one segment of the population.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. something that is given away or handed out for free
  • n. something that is obvious or apparent; something that reveals a secret

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a gift of public land or resources for the private gain of a limited group
  • n. an unintentional disclosure
  • n. a television or radio program in which contestants compete for awards

Etymologies

give +‎ away (Wiktionary)

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  • Hovering silence from you is a giveaway
    Squalor and smoke's not your style
    "I don't like this place"
    We better go
    Then I compare notes with your older sister
    I am a lazy gett, she is as pure as the cold driven snow.


    (The boy with the Arab strap, by Belle and Sebastian)

    November 12, 2008