- 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
Examples from the Web for raffling
But raffling off gifts in exchange for website signups is, somehow, perfectly legal.
Greg Brophy, a candidate for governor in Colorado is raffling off guns in exchange for website signups.
A game similar to raffling, arrowheads being used as counters.Sacred Books of the East
But even though he marked it down to a dime, none would buy, so he announced his intention of raffling it off.Tom Slade
Percy K. Fitzhugh
I've often taken as much as a pound's worth of tickets for a five-pound note that some priest was raffling in aid of a new chapel.Hyacinth
George A. Birmingham
The “raffling,” combined with the “rum”—which was now also meted out—produced for some time a noisy excitement.Ran Away to Sea
This game was devised to take the place of raffling, which was voted out of date.Bright Ideas for Entertaining
Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott
- 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 raffling
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.