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

Other Words from drawer

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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First Known Use of drawer

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drawer

see draw entry 1

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“Drawer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawer. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for drawer


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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