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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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 Last but definitely not least, get rid of all those crumpled takeout menus that are stuffed in your junk drawer or hung up on the side of the fridge. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "What To Get Rid Of Before The New Year Starts," 28 Dec. 2020 This doesn't necessarily have to translate to an underwire bra, so don't worry about relegating your wire-free or strapless favorite to the bottom of your drawer. Kristi Kellogg, Glamour, "21 Best Bras for Small Busts, According to Lingerie Experts," 22 Dec. 2020 On Android, press and hold on an icon in the app drawer, then drag it up to the Uninstall link at the top. David Nield, Popular Science, "Simple tricks for freeing up storage space on your smartphone," 11 Dec. 2020 The recent app screen used to have an app drawer and suggested apps, and that's been removed in Android 11. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "The Android 11 interview: Googlers answer our burning questions," 20 Sep. 2020 Jennifer Anniston's Hanky Panky underwear Upgrade that special someone's underwear drawer with a pair (or two or three) of Jennifer Aniston's favorite thong. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "15 celeb-approved gifts for anyone on your list," 8 Dec. 2020 This lightweight, easy-to-use screwdriver is small enough to fit in a pocket, purse, glove box or drawer. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "New & Notable: Latest products from Hello Kitty, Olay and more," 7 Dec. 2020 With a smooth and seamless design and blister protection (hallelujah!), these will remain like new in the sock drawer for a long time to come. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "43 gifts every woman in your life would love to receive," 17 Nov. 2020 He was born Thomas Sean Connery on Aug. 25, 1930, and his crib was the bottom drawer of a dresser in a cold-water flat next door to a brewery. Aljean Harmetz, New York Times, "Sean Connery, Who Embodied James Bond and More, Dies at 90," 31 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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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Drawer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawer. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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