raffle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v raffle dispose of in a lottery "We raffled off a trip to the Bahamas"
    • n raffle a lottery in which the prizes are goods rather than money
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Raffle A game of dice in which he who threw three alike won all the stakes.
    • Raffle 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 Raffle răf"f'l Refuse; rubbish; raff.
    • v. t Raffle To dispose of by means of a raffle; -- often followed by off; as, to raffle off a horse.
    • v. i Raffle To engage in a raffle; as, to raffle for a watch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n raffle A game with dice.
    • n raffle 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.
    • raffle To try the chance of a raffle; engage in a raffle: as, to raffle for a watch.
    • raffle To dispose of by means of a raffle: often with off: as, to raffle or raffle off a watch.
    • raffle To move or fidget about.
    • raffle To live in a disorderly way.
    • raffle To stir (a fire).
    • raffle To brush off (walnuts).
    • n raffle Nautical, raff; lumber; rubbish.
    • n raffle Same as raffle-net.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Raffle raf′l a kind of sale by chance or lottery in which the price is subscribed equally by all who hope to win
    • v.i Raffle to try a raffle
    • n Raffle raf′l lumber, rubbish.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Raff (1).

Usage

In literature:

Raffles stood on the door-step, and in the hall beyond Mr Armstrong could see the doctor standing.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
Gregson is getting up a raffle for his beautiful mare Rosebud.
"Amos Huntingdon" by T.P. Wilson
That veranda is the redeeming feature of Raffles Hotel.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
There were raffles at church fairs to support the ordinances in the sanctuary.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
To the active mind of Sir Stamford Raffles the discovery was due.
"Across the Equator" by Thomas H. Reid
Let us drive from Raffles Square through this cosmopolitan city and out to Tanglin.
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
I don't at all like the idea of vaudeville, and I abhor a raffle!
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
I'll make it thirty dollars and a ticket of the raffle for my watch to-morrow.
"The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton" by Wardon Allan Curtis
This un's bigger'n the turkey Pete Googan raffled off last Christmas eve.
"Jimsy" by Leona Dalrymple
I never bought a ticket in a lottery or a raffle.
"If, Yes and Perhaps" by Edward Everett Hale
Hornung; Adventures of Raffles, the Gentleman Burglar.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
D'ye raffle much in these parts?
"Soldier Stories" by Rudyard Kipling
Sir Stamford Raffles was the man who made Singapore.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
The military square presents an animated scene on the evenings of the raffle.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
Those gentlemen raffled for it.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
The following Tuesday Fiametta de Belleville was installed in the Van Raffles household as the maid of Mrs. A. J.
"Mrs. Raffles" by John Kendrick Bangs
It was very much the case of the man who won the elephant at a raffle.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
It was left to the personal exertions of Sir Stamford Raffles to secure such a supremely important roadstead as that of Singapore for the empire.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
A very remarkable one is given in the works of Raffles and Crawford.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 377, March 1847" by Various
At the tender age I have mentioned, I was won in a raffle!
"Confessions Of Con Cregan An Irish Gil Blas" by Charles James Lever
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In poetry:

"Where the beggars raffle the banknotes
And the Giant is enchanting to Jack,
And the Lily-white Boy is a Roarer,
And Jill goes down on her back.
"As I Walked Out One Evening" by W H Auden
The time slipped away in this innocent play,
When up jumped the bold Montague:
"Where's that specimen pin that I gayly did win
In raffle, and gave unto you,
Fortescue?"
No word spoke the guilty Emeu!
"The Ballad Of The Emeu" by Francis Bret Harte
And you think a wounded hero may hereafter count as zero,
And that every desperate Nero rules the cities which he burns;
That a wild steed caught and snaffled means a nation wholly baffled,
And its future may be raffled in your diplomatic urns!
"Aspromonte" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Monthly meetings often feature a program, sales and/or raffle table, education session and the opportunity to discuss culture and exchange plants.
LAUREN WOOD / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Beatrice Brown celebrates after receiving a poinsettia plant from Jimmy Jernigan during a raffle Friday night at the Concordia Council on Aging 's 37th annual Christmas party.
Almond Turkey Shoot and Raffle Party Nov 10.
Stephen Altar Society to host basket raffle.
Church Altar Society will hold a basket raffle and bake sale fundraiser on two weekends, Oct 20 and 21, and Oct 27 and 28.
This event will include many crafters with lots of gift ideas for the holidays, raffles, a bake sale and $1.00 tacos.
There will be a 50/50 drawing, bake sale, and a Thanksgiving Dinner Basket raffle.
Winners announced for Canton's Yoga Loft fall raffle.
The bear was used as a raffle prize to raise funds for the Mountain Bear Fan Club.
) Craft vendors, businesses, face-painting, raffles, bake sale, concessions and more.
The event also will feature music, raffle and lunch.
The group sold raffle tickets last year for a shot at the five minute grab.
Back Country Horsemen Raffle Ride and Chili Cook-Off.
The Island County Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen will host its annual Russell Maugans Memorial Raffle Ride and Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Sept 8 at Edgewood Farm, located at 2936 Keller Road in Langley.
The raffle grand prize of $500 will be awarded to the final ticket drawn.
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