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Drawers in a library card catalog.


Etymology 1[edit]

From draw (to move by pulling) +‎ -er; compare French tiroir. Attested from the 16th century.[1]


drawer (plural drawers)

  1. An open-topped box that can be slid in and out of the cabinet that contains it, used for storing clothing or other articles.
  2. (graphical user interface) A side panel containing supplementary content.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Middle English drawer, from draw +‎ -er (person or thing that does the action). Attested from the 14th century.[2]


drawer (plural drawers)

  1. Agent noun of draw; one who draws.
    • 2012 August 28, Manny Fernandez, “Federal Court Finds Texas Voting Maps Discriminatory”, in NYTimes.com[1]:
      Lawyers for Mr. Abbott argued that the maps were drawn to help Republicans maintain power but not to discriminate, and that drawers did not know where district offices were located.
    • 2014 January 25, Gordon Rayner, “Wanted: discreet drawer of royal bath: Buckingham Palace is seeking a housekeeping assistant for H team – just don't volunteer to change the light bulbs [online version: Wanted: an enthusiastic and proactive individual to run the Queen’s bath, 24 January 2014]”, in The Daily Telegraph[2], page 9:
      Wanted: discreet drawer of royal bath [title] ... [T]he successful applicant for the role of "housekeeping assistant" mus also be prepared for rather less conventional tasks; such as running the Queen's bath and cleaning her priceless antiques.
  2. An artist who primarily makes drawings.
  3. (banking) One who writes a bank draft, check/cheque, or promissory note.
  4. A barman; a person who draws the beer from the taps.
  5. Someone who taps palm sap for making toddy.
    • 1927, F. E. Penny, chapter 4, in Pulling the Strings:
      A turban and loincloth soaked in blood had been found; also a staff. These properties were known to have belonged to a toddy drawer. He had disappeared.
  6. (mining, historical) A wagoner or person who pushes underground tubs.
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See also[edit]


  1. ^ drawer, n.2, Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
  2. ^ drawer, n.1 Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.