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 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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All kinds of things reminded her, but especially the handkerchief in the drawer. The Economist, "Obituary: Jan Ruff O’Herne died on August 19th," 5 Sep. 2019 These work well on a closet shelf or even in a drawer. Joni Sweet, USA TODAY, "Get everything on your college packing checklist delivered next day — for free!," 26 Aug. 2019 Others want a small office, and almost all mentioned a need for a space to recharge their electronic devices — perhaps tucked away in a drawer for a cleaner look. Lew Sichelman | Andrews Mcmeel Syndication, courant.com, "Housing Scene: Design trends include lighting up kitchens and baths," 23 Aug. 2019 For years, the Chessman was kept in a drawer at the home of the antiques dealer’s daughter. Fox News, "Viking drinking hall discovered on remote Scottish island," 8 Aug. 2019 Shortly after he was born, Plant was taken home from the hospital and placed in a drawer because his parents didn’t own a crib. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "Caleb Plant fights for his late mother and daughter as he forges path as world champion," 18 July 2019 The report adds that Liverpool have taken this info and 'filed it away in a drawer', but negotiations with Napoli could 'soon be on the agenda'. SI.com, "Liverpool Speak to Kalidou Koulibaly's Agent About Move & Why it's Not Going to Happen," 18 June 2019 The handful of mysterious fossils sat unstudied for decades, tucked safely in a drawer at the Nairobi National Museum in Kenya. Matthew Borths, National Geographic, "This new species of ancient carnivore was bigger than a polar bear," 18 Apr. 2019 In the ship's 20 separate rooms, drawers in the dressers and desks were still tightly shut - the most tantalizing discovery in the eyes of the archaeologists. Meagan Flynn, Anchorage Daily News, "A doomed 1845 expedition to the Arctic killed 129 men. Now the ship’s artifacts have been found ‘frozen in time.’," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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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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