- 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 give him her first child or else guess his name: she guesses his name and he vanishes or destroys himself in a rage.
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Examples from the Web for rumpelstiltskin
Turns out, Have Trunk Will Travel actually owns that little baby elephant, Rumpelstiltskin style.Whose Elephant Is It?
December 9, 2012
Is it,” the Queen asked softly, “by any chance Rumpelstiltskin?
That Rumpelstiltskin is my name, She will never guess—the silly dame.
The same thing is told in the German story of Rumpelstiltskin.Fairy Tales; Their Origin and Meaning
John Thackray Bunce
- 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 and in his rage he destroys himself
Word Origin and History for rumpelstiltskin
1840, from German Rumpelstilzchen. The German form of the name is used in English from 1828.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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