Meaning of drawer in English:


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  • 1A box-shaped storage compartment without a lid, made to slide horizontally in and out of a desk, chest, or other piece of furniture.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Behind two panels is a home entertainment center with storage compartments and drawers above and below.’
    • ‘The animated effect looks a little like a drawer sliding into a chest.’
    • ‘Taking in his bookcases and desk drawers, I realized that there could be a treasure trove of escape items.’
    • ‘Jim made another sweep of the room, opening the drawers on the writing desk.’
    • ‘Keep a jar of almonds in a desk drawer and have two dozen nuts and a small piece of fruit instead of a candy bar when an afternoon slump hits.’
    • ‘The one-off piece of furniture has central drawers that swing round on ball bearings to reveal secret compartments, and features intricate markings.’
    • ‘Full of excitement at his own daring, he searched the desk drawers for an envelope and placed the letter inside.’
    • ‘I unlocked your desk drawer and found your pack of evidence.’
    • ‘He sighed and produced an envelope from a drawer in his desk.’
    • ‘She took a bag from inside a drawer in the desk next to the bookshelves.’
    • ‘He clutched the knotted mass that was his stomach and reached inside his desk drawer for a bottle of the pink stuff.’
    • ‘From one of the drawers in her desk she pulled out a yellowing piece of paper.’
    • ‘When the candy was in their desk drawer, they ate only six pieces; when it was out of sight six feet from the desk, they averaged just four.’
    • ‘He reached into a drawer in his desk and pulled out a green piece of cloth.’
    • ‘With a malevolence smile, she opened her desk drawer and pulled out a piece of parchment and a feather.’
    • ‘My producer reached into his desk drawer and pulled out a few pieces of paper held together with a paper clip.’
    • ‘Together the pair will sift through drawers, cupboards and storage places in a bid to turn your old junk, clutter and rubbish in hard cash for something special.’
  • 2drawers /drɔːz/ dated, humorous Knickers or underpants.

    ‘Queen Victoria was notoriously careless with her drawers’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you are unfamiliar with the term, it does not refer to the first pair of drawers out of the underwear factory.’
  • 3A person who produces a drawing or design.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘The drawer's signature will be executed just above it.’
    1. 3.1A person who writes a cheque.
      ‘the banker would have rights as holder to pursue the drawer’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even if banks have permitted drawings against the cheque, they will not be able to sue the drawer on a dishonoured cheque in the event of being unable to recover from their own customer.’
      • ‘The bank may either enforce such rights against the drawer of the cheque or other parties liable on it or against its own customer.’
      • ‘Secondly, the effect of a decision to meet the cheque will be to cause the other account holder to stand as surety for a debt created by the drawer of the cheque.’
      • ‘When payments were made by cheque, the thing in action represented by the cheque belonged to the payee not the drawer.’
      • ‘The bank was held liable to the drawer of the cheque, who sued as the true owner.’




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’