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
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 drawerful (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 Each drawer can hold up to eight pounds and the bottom shelf can hold up to 15 pounds, while the top of the table can hold 59 pounds. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "The best bedside tables for your bedroom," 29 Oct. 2020 The home screen icon dock slides up to reveal the full app drawer, which is pretty normal. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Surface Duo review—Orphaned Windows hardware makes a poor Android device," 16 Oct. 2020 The lower profile often means the propane tank must sit on its side, often in a drawer that slides out of the unit’s base. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "The 6 hottest new trends in backyard gas fire pits," 7 Oct. 2020 Its high-end appliances include a Miele oven and heating drawer, a Wolf range, a Sub-Zero commercial see-through refrigerator and a Sub-Zero under-counter freezer. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "WGN weather anchor Paul Konrad lists Near West Side condo with rooftop penthouse for $2.95 million," 7 Oct. 2020 The man is accused of accepting customer payments for service but taking the money instead of putting it into a cash drawer. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "OVI suspect crashes into parked police cruiser: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 8 Nov. 2020 The kitchen has double ovens, a large island, gas cooktop, warming drawer and butler’s pantry. Dallas News, "Firm: Buy your next home before the year ends," 8 Nov. 2020 This is a good option for those seeking both shelf and drawer storage options. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "The best bedside tables for your bedroom," 29 Oct. 2020 Many home cooks already have basic manual knife sharpeners hiding in a kitchen gadget drawer, and these can be found on store shelves for less than $25. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, "The best knife sharpener of 2020," 6 Oct. 2020

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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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24 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Drawer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawer. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce drawer (audio)

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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