Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “giveaway”

giveaway

noun [C] (TRUTH)    /ˈɡɪv.əˌweɪ/ informal
something that tells or shows something secret , often without intending to: He said he'd given up smoking , but the empty packets in the bin were a dead giveaway (= clearly showed the secret truth ).Showing and demonstrating
(Definition of giveaway noun (TRUTH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of giveaway

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Showing and demonstrating, but you might be interested in these topics from the Showing and hiding topic area:

Definitions of “giveaway” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

familiarity

a good knowledge of something, or the fact that you know it so well

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More