drawer

Definitions

General English

Accounting

  • noun the person who writes a cheque or a bill asking a drawee to pay money to a payee

Economics

  • noun a person who raises a bill of exchange

Origin & History of “drawer”

A drawer is literally something that is ‘drawn’ or ‘pulled’ out. The coinage was perhaps based on French tiroir ‘drawer’, which was similarly derived from the verb tirer ‘pull’. The same basic notion underlies the formation of drawers (16th c.), a superannuated term for ‘knickers’, which were originally ‘garment pulled on’.
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