- a gentlemanly burglar, amateur housebreaker, or the like.
Origin of raffles
- Sir Thomas Stamford,1781–1826, English colonial administrator in the East Indies.
- a form of lottery in which a number of persons buy one or more chances to win a prize.
- to dispose of by a raffle (often followed by off): to raffle off a watch.
- to take part in a raffle.
Origin of raffle1
- Nautical. a tangle, as of ropes, canvas, etc.
Origin of raffle2
Examples from the Web for raffles
Fortune laughed along with him—he won at all sorts of things, not only cards but raffles and games of chance.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
As little as these raffles cost for campaigns to put on, they cost even less money for people to enter.
These raffles are an attempt to pump up the lagging numbers of small donors at low cost.
Thus, he has amped up the number of raffles and added celebrities to the mix.
The principal hotel is the "Raffles," which I should imagine is also the worst.Ranching, Sport and Travel
Raffles was not able to remain for more than a few days at Singapore.
Raffles returned to Singapore on the 10th of October, 1822, on his way to England.
The position of Raffles in respect to Singapore was indeed remarkable.
From the very first Raffles fully realized the value of the acquisition.
- Sir Thomas Stamford . 1781–1826, British colonial administrator: founded Singapore (1819) as a station for the British East India Company
- a lottery in which the prizes are goods rather than money
- (as modifier)a raffle ticket
- (tr often foll by off) to dispose of (goods) in a raffle
Word Origin and History for raffles
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.
"dispose of by raffle," 1851, from raffle (n.). Related: Raffled; raffling.