Rip van Winkle

(redirected from Rip van Winkel)
Also found in: Thesaurus.

Rip Van Winkle

(ˈrɪp væn ˈwɪŋkəl)
1. a person who is oblivious to changes, esp in social attitudes or thought
2. a person who sleeps a lot
[C19: from a character who slept for 20 years, in a story (1819) by Washington Irving (1783–1859), US writer]

Rip Van Win•kle

(ˌrɪp væn ˈwɪŋ kəl)
(in a story by Washington Irving) a ne'er-do-well who sleeps 20 years and upon waking is startled to find how much the world has changed.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Rip Van Winkle - a person oblivious to social changesRip van Winkle - a person oblivious to social changes
diehard, traditionalist - one who adheres to traditional views
2.Rip van Winkle - a person who sleeps a lot
sleeper, slumberer - a rester who is sleeping
3.Rip van Winkle - the title character in a story by Washington Irving about a man who sleeps for 20 years and doesn't recognize the world when he wakens
References in periodicals archive ?
A Rip van Winkel B Sleeping Beauty C Uncle Remus D Tom Thumb QUESTION 5 - for 5 points: In volleyball how many times may the ball be passed before it must cross the net?
Despite defeat by Rip Van Winkel, Cuis Ghaire remained at the head of the betting for next year's opening fillies' Classic, but African Skies earned a 33-1 quote from the sponsors after she beat Rosabee and Excellerator by a length and a neck, and looks the type to shine over further than yesterday's 6f.
What remains to the writer, therefore, is the self-conscious redeployment of pre-existing materials, a process Bosman puts into practice with consummate mastery in a story like "A Boer Rip van Winkel.