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drawer

[drawr for 1, 2; draw-er for 3–6] /drɔr for 1, 2; ˈdrɔ ər for 3–6/
noun
1.
a sliding, lidless, horizontal compartment, as in a piece of furniture, that may be drawn out in order to gain access to it.
2.
drawers, (used with a plural verb) an undergarment, with legs, that covers the lower part of the body.
3.
a person or thing that draws.
4.
Finance. a person who draws an order, draft, or bill of exchange.
5.
Metalworking. a person who operates a drawbench.
6.
a tapster.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50, 1580-90 for def 1, 1560-70 for def 2; Middle English; see draw, -er1
Related forms
predrawer, noun
redrawer, noun
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Examples from the web for drawers
  • And there are compartments and drawers for dishware, utensils, and appliances.
  • drawers offer easy storage for blankets, books, and games.
  • Its deep drawers provide storage for kitchen utensils and bulk supplies.
  • drawers under bottom bunks provide extra storage for toys, games, and clothes.
  • She recommended the construction of cupboards, shelves and drawers adapted to each sort of utensil.
  • One wants to encourage the terrific drawers, of course, but not at the expense of those who are struggling with their drawings.
  • Surely no one wants to go to the library, wait in the queue, and then thumb through drawers of cards.
  • Fill drawers and tuck small boxes into the spaces in your chairs--that kind of thing.
  • My inner hoarder never gets to show its face, instead living hidden away inside drawers, cupboards and closets.
  • Leave the clothes you will not need inside your dresser drawers to cut down on needing more boxes.
British Dictionary definitions for drawers

drawers

/drɔːz/
plural noun
1.
a legged undergarment for either sex, worn below the waist Also called underdrawers

drawer

/ˈdrɔːə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that draws, esp a draughtsman
2.
a person who draws a cheque See draw (sense 15)
3.
a person who draws up a commercial paper
4.
(archaic) a person who draws beer, etc, in a bar
5.
(drɔː). a boxlike container in a chest, table, etc, made for sliding in and out
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Word Origin and History for drawers
n.

1560s, garments that are pulled (or "drawn") on; see draw (v.).

drawer

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for drawers

drawer

Related Terms

top-drawer


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with drawers

drawer

see: top drawer
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