stemwinder

or stem-wind·er

[ stem-wahyn-der ]
/ ˈstɛmˈwaɪn dər /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. stemmed,
  2. stemmer,
  3. stemmery,
  4. stemson,
  5. stemware,
  6. stemwinding,
  7. sten,
  8. sten gun,
  9. stench,
  10. stench trap

Origin of stemwinder

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; stem1 + winder

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