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[wahyn-der] /ˈwaɪn dər/
a person or thing that winds.
a staircase step for changing direction.
Compare flier (def 9).
a plant that coils or twines itself about something.
an instrument or a machine for winding thread or the like.
Origin of winder
1545-55; wind2 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I seen him through the winder hit her with the buggy whip, and everything.

    Rolling Stones O. Henry
  • He screwed the boards over the winder so they couldn't git out.

    Down South Oliver Optic
  • Ronald, colonel of the 2d, commanding in winder's place, made with despatch a line of battle.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Why, she took it up in the tongs and dropped it out o' winder.

    The Professor at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
  • In vain winder had called on the government for more troops and supplies.

    Sustained honor John R. Musick,
  • If I c'ud only kiss her han' befo' I left—if I c'ud only see her face at the winder!

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • Bein' as I was a manager, I tho't I'd go have a peep through the winder, to see ef it cum up to my expectations.

  • Now set right down here, where you can see out o' the winder.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • But thear he is gooin past th' winder, an he knows ther isn't a drop o' watter i' th' haase, an aw can't bide to fotch ony.

    Yorksher Puddin' John Hartley
  • You jest pull in my sheets, an' shet the winder, while I do it.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for winder


a person or device that winds, as an engine for hoisting the cages in a mine shaft or a device for winding the yarn in textile manufacture
an object, such as a bobbin, around which something is wound
a knob or key used to wind up a clock, watch, or similar mechanism
any plant that twists itself around a support
a step of a spiral staircase
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for winder



A person who talks too much, esp a pompous prater; bag of wind, gasbag: a windbag who shoots the gab (1827+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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