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Etymology 1[edit]

See drawer.



  1. plural of drawer
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Etymology 2[edit]

From draw (to pull), hence that which is pulled onto the body. Attested from the late 16th century.[1] Compare drawer.


drawers pl (plural only)

  1. (archaic) Clothing worn on the legs, especially that worn next to the skin, such as hose or breeches.
    • 1871 October 21, [US] House of Representatives, quoting John Pool and Mary Neal, “Conditions of affairs in the southern states. Georgia sub-committee”, in Reports of Committees[1], page 386:
      Question. Where did they strike you?
      Answer. Struck me in the face once, and struck four times across the legs.
      Question.Was that after you had taken your drawers off, or before?
      Answer. After I had taken my drawers off.
  2. (dated or regional, informal) Underpants, especially long underpants.
  3. (slang) Any clothing covering the legs, such as shorts, trousers, or tights.
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  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.