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

  • n. A lottery in which a number of persons buy chances to win a prize.
  • transitive v. To dispose of in a raffle. Often used with off.
  • intransitive v. To conduct or take part in a raffle.
  • n. Rubbish; debris.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A drawing, often held as a fundraiser, in which tickets or chances are sold to win a prize.
  • v. To award something by means of a raffle or random drawing, often used with off.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of lottery, in which several persons pay, in shares, the value of something put up as a stake, and then determine by chance (as by casting dice) which one of them shall become the sole possessor.
  • n. A game of dice in which he who threw three alike won all the stakes.
  • n. Refuse; rubbish; raff.
  • intransitive v. To engage in a raffle.
  • transitive v. To dispose of by means of a raffle; -- often followed by off.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To try the chance of a raffle; engage in a raffle: as, to raffle for a watch.
  • To dispose of by means of a raffle: often with off: as, to raffle or raffle off a watch.
  • To move or fidget about.
  • To live in a disorderly way.
  • To stir (a fire).
  • To brush off (walnuts).
  • n. A game with dice.
  • n. A method of sale by chance or lottery, in which the price of the thing to be disposed of is divided into equal shares, and the persons taking the shares east lots for its possession by throwing dice or otherwise.
  • n. Nautical, raff; lumber; rubbish.
  • n. Same as raffle-net.

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

  • n. a lottery in which the prizes are goods rather than money
  • v. dispose of in a lottery


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

Middle English rafle, a game using dice, from Old French, act of seizing, dice game, perhaps of Germanic origin.
Probably from French rafle, act of seizing, from Old French; see raffle1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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 *hrapōnan, *hrēpōnan (“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").


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