Definition of locker in English:



  • 1A small lockable cupboard or compartment, typically as one of a number placed together for public use, e.g. in schools or railway stations.

    • ‘To go up into the Statue of Liberty, for example, you now must store your backpacks and such in public lockers.’
    • ‘They walked down the halls together to their adjacent lockers.’
    • ‘Get a small locker or a lockable dresser for your personal things that you don't want to share.’
    • ‘Public seminar rooms, lockers, and coatrooms are in the basement, with the library functions on the upper floors.’
    • ‘I have met very few people, though, who went to public high school with normal cars and lockers, and described their normal experience as ideal.’
    • ‘He came up beside me a couple of seconds later, and we walked out of the class, and down towards our lockers together.’
    • ‘I couldn't think of a lie quick enough to dissuade Beth so we trudged to the locker together.’
    • ‘Afterwards, Amanda and I walked back to our lockers together.’
    • ‘The catalog featured furry beanbag chairs, animal-print sheets, and desks that look like lockers.’
    • ‘I'll try and meet up with him to walk to our lockers and then lunch together.’
    • ‘Around each bed was a light, curtain screens, a locker and a cupboard.’
    • ‘They banded together and started leaving her little gifts in her locker and on her desk.’
    • ‘New cubicles and lockers would be added to the changing facilities, which will be extended and enhanced.’
    • ‘In the boys locker room, the lockers are dented in and broken, and the walls have giant holes in them.’
    • ‘An officer inspected the beds and lockers before breakfast.’
    • ‘We went to our lockers, conveniently close together, to get what we needed and whatnot.’
    • ‘Clean up your room, your desk, your locker and everything else in your life.’
    • ‘I put my bags in a locker in Grand Central Station and walked about with a carrier bag full of beer.’
    • ‘Workers at the presses had their bags and lunchboxes searched, and their lockers and desks blitzed at regular intervals.’
    • ‘Since then he has accumulated more than 600 pairs of sneakers he keeps in storage lockers, closets and at the houses of his parents and friends.’
    cupboard, wardrobe, cabinet
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    1. 1.1 A chest or compartment on a ship or boat for clothes, stores, equipment, or ammunition.
      • ‘So you left the weapons locker and are approaching a hanger of some sort.’
      • ‘Forward and beneath the main saloon is a second head with shower, two large hanging lockers and a cuddy cabin with port and starboard berths.’
      • ‘Every ship had a few chart lockers, cabinets which contained the detailed maps by mariners since the first ships sailed out of sight of land.’
      • ‘In normal times, motoring and the solar panels kept us flush enough so the generator did little but rust in the sail locker.’
      • ‘About halfway back are two cabins, one with bunks, the other a double, as well as two heads and separate sinks and stowage lockers.’
      • ‘One of the doors was a weapons locker where he picked up some grenades.’
      • ‘The new rifles and sidearms we carted forward and scattered in weapons lockers that I keep in various places on the ship.’
      • ‘There is an anchor locker forward and rigging shrouds are well inboard for easy passage fore and aft.’
      • ‘There are his and her hanging lockers, drawers beneath the bed and a large adjoining head complete with tub and shower.’
      • ‘He passed by Quarters, Weapsons lockers, and other things that were along the ship.’
      • ‘The third hit the base of the mainmast, causing a fire in the 4in ready-use ammunition lockers.’
      • ‘The bear was stowing the cables in a locker near the starboard side of the cargo arena.’
      • ‘The helm is forward to starboard and has a single pedestal helm seat mounted atop a tackle locker.’
      • ‘The anchor windlass is located in a foredeck locker to keep it out of the way when not needed.’
      • ‘There is a V-berth cabin forward followed by a head to port and hanging lockers to starboard.’
      • ‘The rowing boat is honeycombed with storage lockers under its strengthened decks.’
      • ‘For one thing he had lost his caboose, and although he eventually secured a locker for his gear he had to move back on to the messdeck.’
      cupboard, cabinet, chest, safe, box, case, coffer
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  • 2A device that locks something.


Late Middle English: probably related to Flemish loker.