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Etymology 1[edit]

wind +‎ -er



winder (plural winders)

  1. A textile worker, or machine, that winds cloth
  2. A spool around which something is wound
  3. A key or knob for winding a clock, watch or clockwork mechanism
  4. One of the steps of a spiral staircase (as opposed to a flyer, or straight step).

Etymology 2[edit]

wind +‎ -er


winder (plural winders)

  1. (slang) A blow that winds somebody, or takes away their breath.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 8
      "Well!" exclaimed the miner. "That's a winder." He considered it a moment, said "H'm!" and proceeded with his dinner. Suddenly his face contracted with wrath. "I hope he may never set foot i' my house again," he said.

Etymology 3[edit]

Related to winnow.


winder (third-person singular simple present winders, present participle windering, simple past and past participle windered)

  1. To fan; to clean grain with a fan.