[drawr for 1, 2; draw-er 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 formspre·draw·er, nounre·draw·er, noun
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Related Words for drawers

underwear, panties, pants, bloomers, shorts

Examples from the Web for drawers

Contemporary Examples of drawers

Historical Examples of drawers

  • In a word, I had nothing on me but my drawers and a flannel shirt.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • There were a few chairs, and a chest of drawers bearing a gilt-framed mirror.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • Drawers and chests at "Gunn's" had been thick strewn with lavender for half a century.

  • There must be hewers of wood and drawers of water, and the dishes ought to be washed.

  • Gilbert took an armful of shirts from the chest of drawers and dropped them into the trunk.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

British Dictionary definitions for drawers


pl n

a legged undergarment for either sex, worn below the waistAlso called: underdrawers



a person or thing that draws, esp a draughtsman
a person who draws a chequeSee draw (def. 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 drawers

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



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

Idioms and Phrases with drawers


see top drawer.

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