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Rip van Winkle

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noun Rip van Win·kle \ˌrip-(ˌ)van-ˈwiŋ-kəl, -vən-\

Definition of Rip van Winkle

  1. :  a ne'er-do-well in a story in Washington Irving's Sketch Book who sleeps for 20 years



Circa 1820

First Known Use of rip van winkle

circa 1820

Rhymes with rip van winkle


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