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[drawr for 1, 2; draw-er for 3–6]
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  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.
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Origin of drawer

1300–50, 1580–90 for def 1, 1560–70 for def 2; Middle English; see draw, -er1
Related formspre·draw·er, nounre·draw·er, noun
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Related Words for drawer

bin, crate, crib, wallet, sheath, integument, receptacle, compact, casket, baggage, wrapper, chest, chamber, folder, carton, grip, shell, cartridge, safe, envelope

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British Dictionary definitions for drawer


  1. a person or thing that draws, esp a draughtsman
  2. a person who draws a chequeSee draw (def. 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 drawer


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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Idioms and Phrases with drawer


see top drawer.

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