Definition of Rip Van Winkleish in English:

Rip Van Winkleish

(also Rip Van Winklish)

adjective

  • Characteristic of or resembling Rip Van Winkle; not aware of or alert to present (especially social and political) conditions.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Mechanic's Press (Utica, New York). From the name of Rip Van Winkle + -ish.

Pronunciation

Rip Van Winkleish

/ˌrɪp van ˈwɪŋklɪʃ/