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[drawr for 1, 2; draw-er for 3–6] /drɔr for 1, 2; ˈdrɔ ər for 3–6/
a sliding, lidless, horizontal compartment, as in a piece of furniture, that may be drawn out in order to gain access to it.
drawers, (used with a plural verb) an undergarment, with legs, that covers the lower part of the body.
a person or thing that draws.
Finance. a person who draws an order, draft, or bill of exchange.
Metalworking. a person who operates a drawbench.
a tapster.
Origin of drawer
1300-50, 1580-90 for def 1, 1560-70 for def 2; Middle English; see draw, -er1
Related forms
predrawer, noun
redrawer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for drawer
  • Virtually every playwright has an unfinished or unresolved script tucked in a drawer somewhere.
  • Most writers don't have the luxury of putting their work in a drawer for a month.
  • His contribution was to ensure a wonderful idea did not die in a design drawer.
  • Tuck a pair of athletic shoes in a drawer in case you have to walk long distances.
  • She went down to the refrigerator, opened the crisper drawer and urinated in the drawer.
  • He had no trouble locating the two cuff links but the tie bar had been lost in his sock drawer.
  • He then walked home, holding his briefcase a little more tightly than usual, and put his money in a drawer.
  • He took me to his home, where he opened a drawer and pulled out a sheaf of rice paper that had been stapled together.
  • Drill pilot holes before screwing the drawer pulls into place from the inside.
  • Duct tape, the new tool of homeland defense, lurks in every toolbox and junk drawer.
British Dictionary definitions for drawer


a person or thing that draws, esp a draughtsman
a person who draws a cheque See draw (sense 15)
a person who draws up a commercial paper
(archaic) a person who draws beer, etc, in a bar
(drɔː). a boxlike container in a chest, table, etc, made for sliding in and out
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Word Origin and History for drawer

mid-14c., agent noun from draw (v.). Attested from 1570s in sense of a box that can be "drawn" out of a cabinet.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with drawer


see: top drawer
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