What does the word raffle mean?

Usage examples for raffle

  1. Sir Raffle was intended to represent a type, not a man; but the man for the picture was soon chosen, and I was often assured that the portrait was very like. – Autobiography of Anthony Trollope by Anthony Trollope
  2. It seems she'd gone there to sell raffle tickets, and they'd taken four, and cooked food for her, and give her some cherry cordial, which she took on account of being far from a strong woman; and then Aunt Mollie had told all her past life, with this horrid scandal about the notary public sticking innocently out of it. – Ma Pettengill by Harry Leon Wilson
  3. Spring is the most wonderful, because she has not to cover a clean, bare field with new leaves and flowers, but to drive before her and to put away the hanging- on, over- surviving raffle of half- green things which the gentle winter has suffered to live, and to make the partly dressed stale earth feel new and young once more. – The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling