Definition of Walter Mitty noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Walter Mitty

BrE BrE//ˌwɔːltə ˈmɪti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌwɔːltər ˈmɪti//
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a person who imagines that their life is full of excitement and adventures when it is in fact just ordinary My client is very much a Walter Mitty character. I was living in a sort of Walter Mitty world. 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 the main character in James Thurber’s story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Culture In this story, published in 1942, Walter Mitty escapes from his sad, ordinary life by imagining that he is a much more interesting person than he really is and does much more exciting and important things than he actually does. The name is now sometimes used of a person who lives in an imaginary world like this
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