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raffle1

[raf-uh l] /ˈræf əl/
noun
1.
a form of lottery in which a number of persons buy one or more chances to win a prize.
verb (used with object), raffled, raffling.
2.
to dispose of by a raffle (often followed by off):
to raffle off a watch.
verb (used without object), raffled, raffling.
3.
to take part in a raffle.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English rafle dice game < Middle French, derivative of rafler to snatch; cf. raff
Related forms
raffler, noun
unraffled, adjective
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raffle

/ˈræfəl/
noun
1.
  1. a lottery in which the prizes are goods rather than money
  2. (as modifier): a raffle ticket
verb
2.
(transitive) often foll by off. to dispose of (goods) in a raffle
Derived Forms
raffler, noun
Word Origin
C14 (a dice game): from Old French, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for unraffled

raffle

n.

late 14c., "dice game," from Old French rafle "dice game," also "plundering," perhaps from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch raffel "dice game," 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." The notion would be "to sweep up (the stakes), to snatch (the winnings)." Dietz connects the French word with the Germanic root, but OED is against this. Meaning "sale of chances" first recorded 1766.

v.

"dispose of by raffle," 1851, from raffle (n.). Related: Raffled; raffling.

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