drawer

noun

draw·​er ˈdrȯ(-ə)r How to pronounce drawer (audio)
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
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
drawerful 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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Word History

Etymology

see draw entry 1

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of drawer was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near drawer

Cite this Entry

“Drawer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawer. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

drawer

noun
draw·​er ˈdrȯ(-ə)r How to pronounce drawer (audio)
1
: one that draws
2
: a sliding boxlike compartment (as in a desk)
3
plural : an undergarment for the lower part of the body

Legal Definition

drawer

noun
draw·​er ˈdrȯ-ər How to pronounce drawer (audio)
: the party that draws a draft compare drawee, payee
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