or stem-wind·er



a stemwinding watch.
Older Slang.
  1. something remarkable of its kind.
  2. a rousing speech, especially a stirring political address.
  3. a stirring orator.

Origin of stemwinder

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; stem1 + winder Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stem-winder

Historical Examples of stem-winder

  • "Stem-winder and -setter," continued Barrifield, undisturbed.

    The Bread Line

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • One day after I had been at X—— a couple of months, we had a stem-winder of a storm.

    Danger Signals

    John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady

  • Let's anybody look at it, and keeps a holt o' the stem-winder.

    The Magnetic North

    Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)

  • Mame was looking at the table like a boy looks at his first stem-winder.

  • There's a new bank examiner over at the First, and he's a stem-winder.

British Dictionary definitions for stem-winder



a watch wound by an expanded crown on the bar projecting outside the case, as opposed to one wound by a separate keyAlso called: stem-winding watch
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