from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that locks.
  • noun A small, usually metal compartment that can be locked, especially one at a gymnasium or public place for the safekeeping of clothing and valuables.
  • noun A flat trunk for storage.
  • noun A heavily insulated refrigerated cabinet, compartment, or room for storing frozen foods.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which locks up.
  • noun A close receptacle, as a chest, a drawer, a compartment, or a cupboard, that may be closed with a lock.
  • noun A recess or niche near an altar in some Roman Catholic churches, intended as a depository for water, oil, etc.
  • noun A bar-room or groggery.
  • To curl.
  • To entangle; mat together.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, locks.
  • noun A drawer, cupboard, compartment, or chest, esp. one in a ship, that may be closed with a lock.
  • noun (Naut.) a compartment in the hold of a vessel, for holding the chain cables.
  • noun See Davy Jones.
  • noun a compartment where shot are deposited.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A type of storage compartment with a lock usually used to store clothing, equipment, or books.
  • noun rare One who locks something.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a storage compartment for clothes and valuables; usually it has a lock
  • noun a trunk for storing personal possessions; usually kept at the foot of a bed (as in a barracks)
  • noun a fastener that locks or closes


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From lock (+ -er) from Old English loc ("fastening, enclosure"), from Proto-Germanic *lukan. Cognate with German Loch, Dutch luik, and Dutch loket.


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  • A groggery.

    March 16, 2011

  • Today I forgot to put my backpack in my locker during PE and someone stuffed a bottle of drugs into it so that it stunk like crap and I had to get rid of it...I liked that backpack. :(

    November 1, 2011

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  • "...a liquor that no hostilities, custom-house duties, or national antipathies, has ever been able to bring into general disrepute in the British Islands."

    November 2, 2011