draw·​er | \ ˈdrȯ(-ə)r How to pronounce drawer (audio) \

Definition of drawer

1 : one that draws: such as
a : a person who causes liquor to come out of a container : one who draws (see draw entry 1 sense 1b) liquor
b : draftsman
c : one that draws (see draw entry 1 sense transitive 7) a bill of exchange or order for payment or makes a promissory note
2 \ dialectal also  ˈdrȯ \ : a sliding box or receptacle opened by pulling out and closed by pushing in kept the letters in the top drawer of her dresser in the silverware drawer
3 \ dialectal also  ˈdrȯ \ drawers plural : an article of clothing (such as underwear) for the lower body a clean pair of drawers

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Other Words from drawer

drawerful \ ˈdrȯ(-​ə)r-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce drawer (audio) \ noun

Examples of drawer in a Sentence

the top drawer of the desk There are some pens in my desk drawer. He stood there in only his drawers.
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Recent Examples on the Web Your bra drawer, however, is a very different story. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Seventeen's 2021 Sustainable Style Awards," 29 Apr. 2021 Bruce is relegated to the sidelines as the standard-issue weary cop with a bottle of Jim Beam in his top desk drawer. Donald Liebenson, Vulture, "20 Straight-to-VOD Bruce Willis Movies, Ranked," 28 Apr. 2021 The range of pretty bras and underwear makes for the perfect excuse to upgrade your lingerie drawer. Rachel Besser, Vogue, "The New Arrivals On our Radar This Week," 21 Apr. 2021 Our advice: Don’t clean out your kitchen junk drawer just yet. USA Today, "Before the pandemic ketchup squeeze: A year of COVID-19 product shortages and the items we struggled to find," 15 Apr. 2021 Some people keep a drawer of silly, inexpensive items (paid for personally), collected from their travels or picked up around town to drop in the mail. Aliza Knox, Forbes, "Even Leaders Should Say Thank You - 3 Ways To Do So," 12 Apr. 2021 Removing an oppressive soffit over the sink made the space feel airier and the new two-tone vanity provided Linda, Roy, and each of their two daughters with a drawer of their own. BostonGlobe.com, "A home style refresh in Medford, finished just in time for the pandemic lockdown," 26 Mar. 2021 Keep them in a safe place, such as in the bottom drawer of a piece of furniture. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: This dog rescue saves castoffs from puppy mills," 26 Oct. 2020 The vast kitchen begs for a gourmand with its marble countertops, La Cornue range, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances—including a warming drawer and wine cooler. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, "With an Indoor Pool and Lakefront Access, This $40 Million Connecticut Mansion Is a Swimmer’s Dream," 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of drawer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drawer

see draw entry 1

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The first known use of drawer was in the 14th century

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5 May 2021

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“Drawer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawer. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of drawer

: a box that slides into and out of a piece of furniture (such as a desk) and that is used to store things
old-fashioned + humorous : underwear for the lower part of the body


draw·​er | \ ˈdrȯ-ər How to pronounce drawer (audio) , ˈdrȯr \

Kids Definition of drawer

1 : a box that slides in and out of a piece of furniture and is used for storage a desk drawer
2 drawers plural : underpants


draw·​er | \ ˈdrȯ-ər How to pronounce drawer (audio) \

Legal Definition of drawer

: the party that draws a draft — compare drawee, payee

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