Rip van Winkle

noun
Rip van Win·​kle | \ ˌrip-(ˌ)van-ˈwiŋ-kəl How to pronounce Rip van Winkle (audio) , -vən- \

Definition of Rip van Winkle

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

First Known Use of Rip van Winkle

circa 1820, in the meaning defined above

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“Rip van Winkle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Rip%20van%20Winkle. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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