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locker

[lok-er] /ˈlɒk ər/
noun
1.
a chest, drawer, compartment, closet, or the like, that may be locked, especially one at a gymnasium, school, etc. for storage and safekeeping of clothing and valuables.
2.
Nautical. a chest or compartment in which to stow things.
3.
a refrigerated compartment, as in a locker plant, that may be rented for storing frozen foods.
4.
a person or thing that locks.
5.
Digital Technology. music locker.
Origin of locker
late Middle English
1375-1425
First recorded in 1375-1425, locker is from the late Middle English word loker. See lock1, -er1

music locker

noun
1.
Digital Technology. an online service that supports cloud-based storage of digital music files so as to allow users to stream or download their personal music collections for playback on any compatible device:
I uploaded all my CDs to a music locker, and now I can access the music from my laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Also called locker.
Origin
First recorded in 2005-10
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  • "The stolen goods were found in her locker," Gilder declared in a tone of finality.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • She said, too, that she had never seen the things found in her locker.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • She drew a package from the locker and looked at it ruefully.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Jim got the first glimpse, and slumped down on the locker sick.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Jim moved a little way along the locker, and you could see he was insulted.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for locker

locker

/ˈlɒkə/
noun
1.
  1. a small compartment or drawer that may be locked, as one of several in a gymnasium, etc, for clothes and valuables
  2. (as modifier): a locker room
2.
a person or thing that locks
3.
(US & Canadian) a refrigerated compartment for keeping frozen foods, esp one rented in an establishment
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Word Origin and History for locker
n.

small chest that can be locked, late 14c., agent noun from Middle English lokken (see lock (v.)). Earlier "a mechanism for locking" (early 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for locker

locker

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chain locker

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 locker

locker

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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