I. verb (raffled; raffling) Date: circa 1680 intransitive verb to engage in a raffle transitive verb to dispose of by means of a raffle <
raffle off a turkey
II. noun Etymology: Middle English rafle, a dice game, from Middle French, dice game in which all the stakes can be won in a throw, literally, rake for a fire, from Middle High German raffel rake for a fire, from raffen to snatch, gather Date: 1766 a lottery in which the prize is won by one of numerous persons buying chances III. noun Etymology: probably from French rafle act of snatching, sweeping, from Middle French, rake for a fire Date: 1881 rubbish; especially a jumble or tangle of nautical equipment

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  • Raffle — Raf fle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Raffled} (r[a^]f f ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Raffling} (r[a^]f fl[i^]ng).] To engage in a raffle; as, to raffle for a watch. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Raffle — Raf fle, v. t. To dispose of by means of a raffle; often followed by off; as, to raffle off a horse. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • raffle — raffle1 [raf′əl] n. [ME rafle < MFr, dice game, lit., a raking in < OHG raffel, a rake, scraper, akin to OE hreppan, to touch, grasp < IE base * (s)ker , to cut > HARVEST] a lottery in which each participant buys a chance or chances… …   English World dictionary

  • Raffle — Raf fle (r[a^]f f l), n. [See {Raff}, n. & v., and {Raffle}.] Refuse; rubbish; raff. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • raffle — Raffle, La raffle d une grappe de raisin, Scapus, Bud. ex Varro. Sunt tamen qui apud Varronem legant Scopus …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • raffle — ► NOUN ▪ a lottery with goods as prizes. ► VERB ▪ offer as a prize in a raffle. ORIGIN originally denoting a dice game: from Old French …   English terms dictionary

  • Raffle — Raf fle (r[a^]f f l), n. [F. rafle; faire rafle to sweep stakes, fr. rafler to carry or sweep away, rafler tout to sweep stakes; of German origin; cf. G. raffeln to snatch up, to rake. See {Raff}, v.] 1. A kind of lottery, in which several… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Raffle — Raffle, künstliches Fischernetz, besteht aus mehren runden Säcken, welche durch Reisen ausgespannt u. mit einander vereinigt sind; an den Seiten dieser Säcke sind Flügel angebracht. Das Netz wird mit Pfählen im Wasser befestigt u. erst nach einem …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • raffle — index bet, lottery Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • raffle — [n] lottery for a prize bet, betting, disposition, draw, drawing, flier*, gambling, game of chance, gaming, long odds*, lots*, numbers*, numbers game*, pool, random shot, speculation, stake, sweep, sweepstake, tossup*, wager, wagering; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • raffle — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ charity VERB + RAFFLE ▪ have, hold, organize, run (esp. BrE) ▪ The office is holding a raffle to raise money for the local hospital …   Collocations dictionary

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