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Rip van Winkle   /rɪp væn wˈɪŋkəl/   Listen
Rip van Winkle

A person oblivious to social changes.
A person who sleeps a lot.
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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"Rip van Winkle" Quotes from Famous Books

... lived, how he subsisted, what he had been. Various rumours filled the Quartier. According to one he was a Russian Nihilist escaped from Siberia. Another, and one nearer the mark, credited him with being a kind of Rip van Winkle revisiting old student scenes after a twenty years' slumber. He seemed to pass his life between the Luxembourg Gardens, the Pont Neuf and the Cafe Delphine. "Paris," he used to say, "it is the Boul' Mich'!" Although he would turn to the absolute ...
— The Beloved Vagabond • William J. Locke

... York this winter. But where are you staying, Nancy?" he asked eagerly, with a hopeful glance at uncle Ezra. "I should like to take you somewhere this afternoon. This is your first visit, isn't it? Couldn't you go to see Rip Van Winkle to-morrow? It's the very best thing there is just now. Jefferson's playing ...
— The Life of Nancy • Sarah Orne Jewett

... Fairy Tales Alice in Wonderland Arabian Nights Black Beauty Mother Goose Pilgrim's Progress Rip Van Winkle Robinson Crusoe Story of the Bible Wood's Natural History Through ...
— The International Spy - Being the Secret History of the Russo-Japanese War • Allen Upward

... through which the road meandered, was rich and beautiful; the weather very fine; and for many miles the Kaatskill mountains, where Rip Van Winkle and the ghostly Dutchmen played at ninepins one memorable gusty afternoon, towered in the blue distance, like stately clouds. At one point, as we ascended a steep hill, athwart whose base a railroad, yet constructing, took its course, we came upon an Irish colony. With means at hand of building ...
— American Notes for General Circulation • Charles Dickens

... done with their dolce far niente lives, but for the fishing and rowing and sailing and bathing and sliding and skating which it afforded them in turn? It was all they had to keep them from settling down into a Rip Van Winkle sleep, this dear little restless lake, that coaxed them out of their land-torpor, and forced them occasionally to lend a manly hand to a manly pursuit. For there was this distinguishing peculiarity ...
— Only an Incident • Grace Denio Litchfield

... fellow strolled in—an odd-looking old fellow, with snow-white hair and beard, wearing a black sombrero and a shirt cut very low in the neck. But for a pair of kindly eyes, which looked out at you from beneath the brim of the hat, he might have been mistaken for one of the dwarfs in "Rip Van Winkle." Fudge, having now been disciplined by Felix, only ...
— Felix O'Day • F. Hopkinson Smith

... what led up to my ultimately becoming a full-fledged secret service operator. Born in the green foot-hills of the Catskill Mountains (near where Rip Van Winkle dozed), I learned my "A B abs" in the little brown school house at Cornwallville. Father died when I was four years old. Mother traded the farm for some New York tenements, and we all located there, when I was ten years old. I attended the public ...
— Between the Lines - Secret Service Stories Told Fifty Years After • Henry Bascom Smith

Words linked to "Rip van Winkle" :   slumberer, diehard, fictitious character, character, sleeper, traditionalist, fictional character

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