draw·​er | \ˈdrȯ(-ə)r \

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 \ -​ˌfu̇l \ 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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Inside were rows of drawers, some two dozen in each cabinet. National Geographic, "How an Obsession With Rare Bird Feathers Turned Criminal," 23 Apr. 2018 One new label, however, is looking to change the top-drawer landscape. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This Russian Lingerie Label Is Creating Cozy, Comfortable, and Sexy Underwear for All," 12 July 2018 For the technological giant that has made its billions in advertising, X isn’t a junk drawer for unusual projects that don’t fit elsewhere in the corporate structure. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 Depending on their age and freshness, the vegetables can be served raw or they can be dunked in boiling water for a minute or two, which will leave them firm but diminish signs of crisper-drawer fatigue. Emily Horton, charlotteobserver, "Four steps to making a great grain salad, every time," 19 June 2018 The oak pedestal table on a colonial platform has a useful drawer for table settings. Brenda Yenke, cleveland.com, "New location for the Annual Postcard & Paper Show: Yenke Peddler antiques," 26 Apr. 2018 The Sub-Zero glass door refrigerator-freezer has under-drawers with separate cooling zones. Joan Walden, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 485 Deercliff Road, Avon," 20 Oct. 2017 The clerk opened the cash drawer and the suspect reached over, taking an undisclosed sum of money, police said. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Suspect Sought In West Hartford Gas Station Robbery," 26 May 2018 The investigation into McCusker began in May 2017, when the supervisor of the tax office opened one of McCusker’s desk drawers to get an office form, officials said. Katie Park, Philly.com, "Upper Darby tax office worker stole more than $215K in public money, DA says," 22 May 2018

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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

drawers : underwear for the lower part of the body


draw·​er | \ˈdrȯ-ər, 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 \

Legal Definition of drawer 

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

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