adjective, blank·er, blank·est.
verb (used with object)
- to fail in an attempt; be unsuccessful: We've drawn a blank in the investigation.
- to fail to comprehend or be unable to recollect: He asked me their phone number and I drew a blank.
Origin of blank
Related formsblank·ness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for draw a blank
- to choose a lottery ticket that fails to win
- to get no results from something
Derived Formsblankly, adverbblankness, noun
Word Origin for blank
Idioms and Phrases with draw a blank (1 of 2)
draw a blank
Fail to find or remember something, as in He looks familiar but I've drawn a blank on his name. This expression alludes to drawing a lottery ticket with nothing on it (so one cannot win a prize). [Early 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with draw a blank (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with blank
- blank check
- draw a blank
- fill in (the blanks)