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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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  • Every minister of the gospel is a “drawer of water,” to his congregation, from the “Spiritual Rock” which follows the church.

  • "Here's the cheque-book," said the colonel, taking it from a drawer.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • Unlocking a drawer, he took out a small rosewood box, finely inlaid.

    Harding of Allenwood Harold Bindloss
  • "That's a gentle hint not to take anything from that drawer," said Fanny to herself.

    Hope and Have Oliver Optic
  • Returning home later in the afternoon, she found Mrs. Weems sitting on the living room floor, sorting a drawer of old photographs.

    Clue of the Silken Ladder Mildred A. Wirt
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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with drawer


see: top drawer
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