Definition of Rip Van Winkle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Rip Van Winkle

BrE BrE//ˌrɪp væn ˈwɪŋkl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrɪp væn ˈwɪŋkl//
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a person who is surprised to find how much the world has changed over a period of time More Like This Expressions from literary sources Alice in Wonderland, Casanova, Cassandra, Don Juan, Dorian Gray, Falstaffian, Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, Lilliputian, Lothario, Orwellian, Pandora’s box, Peter Pan, Pied Piper, Pollyanna, Rip Van Winkle, Ruritanian, Scrooge, Shangri-La, Sherlock, Stepford Wife, Svengali, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Utopia, Walter MittySee worksheet. From the name of a character in a short story by the US writer Washington Irving. He sleeps for 20 years and wakes up to find that the world has completely changed.
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