- 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 raffled
With the help of the Chattanooga Times, Engel once raffled off a house to a lucky ticket holder.The Myth of Jackie Mitchell, the Girl Who Struck Out Ruth and Gehrig
May 18, 2013
"I raffled that bed off," he continued, low and reminiscently.Laramie Holds the Range
Frank H. Spearman
But Mrs. Church made Alanna very unhappy about the raffled desk.Atlantic Narratives
Everything, from motor-cars to potatoes, was auctioned and raffled.The Pacific Triangle
He sent her a statuette to be raffled off for his aunt's Chinese paintings.Fairfax and His Pride
Marie Van Vorst
One dozen whisky was raffled in the town, and fetched £144—£1 10s.The Record of a Regiment of the Line
- 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 raffled
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.