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Definition of drawer in English:

noun

1 /drɔː/ A box-like storage compartment without a lid, made to slide horizontally in and out of a desk, chest, or other piece of furniture.
Example sentences
  • For work, one of the chest's ten drawers served as a desk.
  • On the first floor, a galleried landing leads through to a bathroom and four bedrooms, the smallest of which is currently used as a study and has a fitted desk, drawers and storage.
  • She quietly slid her desk drawer back in after she pulled out the lone picture which had occupied that space for several months.
2 (drawers /drɔːz/) dated or humorous Knickers or underpants: Queen Victoria was notoriously careless with her drawers
More example sentences
  • The undergarments included stockings, petticoats, drawers, and a corset.
  • The heavy petticoats, stockings and thin chemise and drawers were bad enough.
  • I glanced down, noted I was dressed in cotton breeches and a silk shirt along with my corset and drawers, and sprung out from between the silk sheets.
3 /ˈdrɔː(r)ə/ A person who produces a drawing or design.
Example sentences
  • The fact that these three are expert drawers and painters doesn't hurt either.
  • You've spoken about being a drawer, painter, writer too, as well as composer.
  • Jordy had always been a good drawer, he could draw trees amazingly.
3.1A person who writes a cheque: the banker would have rights as holder to pursue the drawer
More example sentences
  • A special type of case arises where the drawer of the cheque and the payee maintain their accounts with the same bank.
  • She said she could not remember the identity of the drawer of the cheque, nor whether it was payable to cash.
  • Neither the drawer of the cheque nor the original payee consented to the alteration of the payee.

Usage

The word drawer is often spelled incorrectly as draw. As a noun, draw chiefly means ‘an act of selecting names randomly to decide winners’ or ‘an even score at the conclusion of a game’, whereas drawer mainly means ‘a sliding storage compartment’.

Derivatives

drawerful

1
noun (plural drawerfuls)
Example sentences
  • He kept a drawerful of parental excuse notes that he knew his students had forged in order to play truant from school; then he set them a class test on making their excuses more convincing.
  • I had a drawerful of the things, most of them with a neat J monogrammed in one corner.
  • It beats carrying round a drawerful of specialised gizmos, and since you're going to be carrying a phone anyway, you might as well have the other functions thrown in for when you require them.

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