Synonyms for raffle
- game of chance
- long odds
- numbers game
- random shot
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RAFFLE
I dont at all like the idea of vaudeville, and I abhor a raffle!
They are going to raffle Hartrath's picture,—for the benefit of the Gingerbread Fair.
The drawing of the numbers in the raffle was about to be made.
And so he is going to part with his mare by raffle,” said the squire; “pray what does he want for her?
I shan't know what to do with them; unless I raffle them off.
We got five pounds thirteen and fivepence by the bazaar and the raffle.
Had it been a raffle, it would have been the other way about.
Brief, a pawnbrokers duplicate; a raffle card, or a ticket of any kind.
Generally applied to pawnbrokers duplicates and raffle cards.
When they entered Fazani's, the raffle was only waiting for the arrival of the Viscountess.
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.