Definition of drainer in English:

drainer

Pronunciation /ˈdrānər/ /ˈdreɪnər/

noun

  • 1A device used to drain things.

    ‘There is an open fireplace with back boiler and the Belfast sink has a tiled drainer.’
    • ‘During my early childhood, a brick boiler, or ` copper ' as it was called stood in the corner next to the drainer.’
    • ‘Each auto shop was provided with the proper equipment for handling used oil, including double-walled containment tanks, oil filter crushers, drainer containers, and spill response kits.’
    • ‘Anne Ziebold from Ohio has discovered the ideal container: a new oil drainer pan.’
    • ‘There are people who say that the drainers are simply moving the problem from their property to someone else's property.’
    1. 1.1A rack placed on a drainboard to hold washed dishes while they drain.
    2. 1.2A drainboard.
      ‘If you rolled your eyes in sarcasm at the mention of polishing up a sink and drainer - so did I, at the outset.’
      • ‘This streamlined unit has a polished granite work surface and contains ample storage space, a sink with single drainer, hob and dishwasher.’
      • ‘The utility room features a slate floor, stainless steel sink unit and single drainer.’
      • ‘I now have a very nice unused right hand drainer sink going cheap if anyone's interested.’
      • ‘Rinsing the glass again, I put it back on the drainer.’
      • ‘When it was finally soft enough I poured it into the drainer and shook it around a bit to get rid of any of the excess water, then I went back over to the stove.’
      • ‘There is a built-in oven, hob and extractor fan as well as an enamel sink and drainer unit.’
      • ‘Steps lead up to the kitchen, which has a range of fitted wooden storage units, an electric oven and hob, and a sink with a single drainer.’
  • 2A person who drains a flooded area.

    ‘There are people who say that the drainers are simply moving the problem from their property to someone else's property.’
    • ‘From drainer to entertainer, he lifts the lid on the toilet seat of Show Biz!’