wind·​er ˈwīn-dər How to pronounce winder (audio)
: one that winds: such as
: a worker or machine that winds thread and yarn
: a key for winding a mechanism (such as a clock)
: a step that is wider at one end than at the other (as in a spiral staircase)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Expect warmer, winder and more humid weather Thursday into next week. Dallas News, 27 Apr. 2022 With few mentions of homelessness or other key issues in the mayor’s race, Sanders’ speech was more a resounding argument for voting Democrat in the midterms than a stem-winder on the merits of Bass. Benjamin Oreskesstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2022 In the air, move your hands and feet out to the sides (around 6 to 12 inches), landing with soft elbows in this winder stance. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, 16 Mar. 2021 One involved a blue Dodge Charger speeding down Ocean Drive, allegedly weaving from lane to lane with a passenger hanging out of the winder, all with throngs of pedestrians packing the bar and restaurant lined sidewalk. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 24 Mar. 2022 The new Turbo is a sleek watch winder and safe combo. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 19 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, Biden had begun another stem-winder, on infrastructure. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2021 Cartier began incorporating gems into its gentleman’s watches in the late ‘60s and this timepiece is even equipped with a diamond winder. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 3 Mar. 2021 Each line includes a winder, a stitcher (for flattening the brooms) and then a simple wooden braiding table. Liz Logan, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of winder was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Winder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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