[ lok-er ]
/ ˈlɒk ər /


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.
Nautical. a chest or compartment in which to stow things.
a refrigerated compartment, as in a locker plant, that may be rented for storing frozen foods.
a person or thing that locks.
Digital Technology. music locker.

Nearby words

  1. locked,
  2. locked bowels,
  3. locked in,
  4. locked knee,
  5. locked-in syndrome,
  6. locker plant,
  7. locker room,
  8. locker-lampson,
  9. locker-room,
  10. lockerbie

Origin of locker

First recorded in 1375–1425, locker is from the late Middle English word loker. See lock1, -er1

music locker


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.

Origin of music locker

First recorded in 2005–10

Also called locker. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for locker


/ (ˈlɒkə) /


  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
a person or thing that locks
US and Canadian a refrigerated compartment for keeping frozen foods, esp one rented in an establishment
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Word Origin and History for locker



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

Idioms and Phrases with locker


see Davy Jones's locker.

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