Definition of Rip Van Winkleism in English:

Rip Van Winkleism

(also Rip Van Winklism)

noun

  • Behaviour (regarded as) characteristic of Rip Van Winkle.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Caroline Kirkland (1801–1864), writer. From the name of Rip Van Winkle + -ism.

Pronunciation

Rip Van Winkleism

/ˌrɪp van ˈwɪŋklɪz(ə)m/