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a dwarf in one of the fairy stories of the brothers Grimm; tells a woman he won't hold her to a promise if she can guess his name and when she discovers it he's so furious that he destroys himself


person noun (people)

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Princeton WordNet


German Rumpelstilzchen
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Definition references  (+images)


Rumpelstiltskin | Rumplestiltskin | Rumpelstilzchen

the title character and antagonist of a fairy tale that originated in Germany. The tale was collected by the Brothers Grimm in the 1812 edition of Children's and Household Tales. It was subsequently revised in later editions. In order to make himself ... (42 of 3162 words, 2 images)


Rumpelstiltskin (disambiguation)

a titular character in a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Rumpelstiltskin may also refer to: Rumpelstiltskin (1915 film), an American silent film, directed by Raymond B. West | Rumpelstiltskin (1985 film), a twenty-four minute animated feature |... (34 of 196 words, 12 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:


a dwarf in a German folktale who aids the king's bride on condition that she give him her first child or guess the dwarf's name. She guesses correctly ... (28 of 270 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:


a dwarf in a German folktale who spins flax into gold for a young woman to meet the demands of the prince she has married, on the condition that she ... (30 of 58 words, pronunciation)



Rumpelstiltskin | Rumplestiltskin [sense-specific] | Tom Tit Tot [English, from English Fairy Tales, collected & edited by Joseph Jacobs, 1884, synonym, sense-specific]

A fairy tale collected by the brothers Grimm about a dwarf who saves the miller's daughter by spinning straw into gold in exchange for her first-born child, and whose name is critical to the conclusion. | The fictional dwarf who is the protagonist and ... (43 of 50 words, 2 definitions)


New World Dictionary:

Rumpelstiltskin [Germanic folklore]

a dwarf who saves the life of a king's bride by spinning flax into gold in exchange for her first child: he agrees to free her from the bargain if she ... (31 of 37 words)



character [entry 1, noun] | in character | out of character | position [synonym, sense-specific] | reference [definition 4b, synonym, sense-specific] | reputation [synonym, sense-specific] | glyph [synonym, sense-specific] | icon [synonym, sense-specific] | sign [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a conventionalized graphic device placed on an object as an indication of ... | one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an ... (25 of 672 words, 10 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciations)


character [entry 2, verb] | engrave [synonym, sense-specific] | represent [synonym, sense-specific] | characterize [synonym, sense-specific] | inscribe [synonym, sense-specific] | portray [synonym, sense-specific] | define [synonym, sense-specific] | depict [synonym, sense-specific] | describe [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[archaic] "engrave", "inscribe" | [archaic] "represent", "portray" ; "characterize" (8 of 73 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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character [entry 3, adjective]

capable of portraying an unusual or eccentric personality often markedly different from the player | requiring or involving the portrayal of an ... (21 of 47 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/character show=2

Macmillan British Dictionary:

character | characters [plural]

[countable, usually singular] the qualities that make up someone's ... | [countable/uncountable] the qualities that make something clearly different ... (18 of 358 words, 7 definitions, 20 usage examples, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

character | charactered [past tense] | charactering [present participle] | characters [3rd-person singular present] | characterless [adjective, related]

The combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person, group, or thing from another. | A distinguishing feature or attribute, as of ... (22 of 354 words, 24 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:

character | out of | in character | describe [synonym, sense-specific] | characterful [derived] | characterfully [derived] | characterless [derived]

the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual | the distinctive nature of something | the quality of being individual in an interesting ... (22 of 302 words, 17 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

character [biology]

in biology, any observable feature, or trait, of an organism, whether acquired or inherited. An acquired character is a response to the environment; ... (23 of 206 words)


Cambridge Dictionary:

character [entry 1]

the particular combination of qualities in a person or place that makes them different from others | qualities which are interesting and unusual | the ... (23 of 140 words, 3 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/character 1

character [entry 2]

a person represented in a film, play or story (9 of 54 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/character 2

character [entry 3]

a person, especially when you are describing a particular quality that they have | [informal] someone whose behaviour is different from most people's, ... (22 of 81 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/character 3

character [entry 4]

a letter, number or other mark or sign used in writing or printing, or the space one of these takes (20 of 60 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/character 4

Encarta Dictionary:

character | characters [plural]

the set of qualities that make somebody or something distinctive, especially somebody's qualities of mind and feeling | qualities that make somebody ... (21 of 220 words, 8 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology reference



Origin: German Rumpelstilzchen


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