Definition of stem-winder in English:

stem-winder

(also stemwinder)

noun

US
  • 1informal An entertaining and rousing speech.

    ‘the speech was a classic stem-winder in the best southern tradition’
    • ‘How about Rush Limbaugh hanging out while John Kerry delivers his stem-winder?’
    • ‘Some news, like Democrat Barack Obama's dazzling stem-winder last July, took place when the networks were airing sitcom repeats or reality shows.’
    • ‘His was no Gettysburg Address, to be sure, but compared to some of the stem-winders of history, Mr. Clinton's speech, delivered at a rapid pace, flew by.’
    • ‘To say it wasn't a stem-winder is simply to say that it wasn't like Barack Obama's speech a few nights back, or Clinton's, or even Clark's or Sharpton's for that matter.’
    • ‘Giuliani used some of the most overt forms in order to present a classic political stem-winder.’
  • 2dated A watch wound by turning a knob on the end of a stem.

Origin

Stem-winder from the notion of “winding up” or causing a lively reaction from those listening.

Pronunciation:

stem-winder

/ˈstemˌwīndər/