Rip van Winkle

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Rip Van Winkle

(ˈrɪp væn ˈwɪŋkəl)
n
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)
n.
(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
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