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 alsoˈdrȯ \ : 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 alsoˈdrȯ \ 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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After practice, Bailiff would return to his office to find Ziggy in his chair, rifling through desk drawers. Jacob Carpenter, Houston Chronicle, "‘Honorary Owl,’ who developed special bond with Rice football, dies at 10," 3 June 2018 After one open house, Realtor Mike McCann got a call from a client who had watched her nanny cam video and seen a woman rifling through her bedroom drawers. Terri Akman, Philly.com, "Shopping for a home? Seller might use a smart video camera to spy on you," 8 May 2018 In that video, the burglary suspect enters at about the :20 mark, turns on the light and then rummages through desk drawers and paperwork on the desk before leaving around the 2:39 mark. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "Video shows burglary at Italian Pie on Paris Avenue: NOPD," 22 Feb. 2018 Over champagne after dinner, George asked Amal to get a lighter from the drawer to light a candle. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "George Clooney Describes the First Time He Met Amal — Without Even Leaving His House!," 31 Jan. 2018 Summitt told ABC News that the couple immediately grabbed the monitor, unplugged it and put it in a drawer. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "SC mom says hacker used her baby monitor's camera to spy on her 'intimate moments'," 5 June 2018 In the call, in which the couple spoke Mandarin, Mr. Mallory asked his wife if the FBI had taken an SD data storage card, wrapped in aluminum foil, from a drawer in their bedroom closet. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Patriot or Double Agent? CIA Officer on Trial as U.S. Targets Spying by China," 21 May 2018 Open the drawers in the exhibition space of the Sheldon Jackson Museum — first opened in 1887 — to see antique children's toys, jewelry and more beautiful artifacts. Jenna Schnuer, Anchorage Daily News, "Kodiak and Southeast Alaska: Where coastal pleasures abound," 3 May 2018 Theft from building, Maplewood Road: A man reported April 17 there was $2,500 in U.S. currency and $500 in Philippine currency stolen from a drawer under his bed in his apartment. Andy Attina / Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Woman falls victim of computer repair scam: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter," 2 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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