the hero of Sir James M. Barrie’s play about a boy who never grew up.
(italics) the play itself (1904).
a youthful, boyish, or immature man
name of boy-hero in J.M. Barrie’s play “Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up” (1904). Used allusively for an immature adult man from 1914 (by G.B. Shaw, in reference to the Kaiser).
(1904) A play by the Scottish author James Matthew Barrie about a boy who lives in Neverland, better known as Never-Never Land, a country where no child ever grows up. Peter brings the three children of the Darling family from London to Never-Never Land; they eventually decide not to stay, but Wendy, the eldest, promises to return every spring. Peter is assisted by his guardian fairy, Tinker Bell, and in the play he defeats his enemy, the pirate Captain Hook.
noun 1. a close-fitting flat or rolled collar with rounded ends that meet in front of a high, round neckline. noun 1. a collar on a round neck, having two rounded ends at the front
- Peter pan syndrome
noun a condition characterized by immature or childish behavior, refusal to grow up Word Origin from Dan Kiley’s book “Peter Pan Syndrome: Men Who Have Never Grown Up”
- Peter piper
A nursery rhyme that begins with the tongue-twisting line “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.”
noun 1. any of several satirical “laws” concerning organizational structure, especially one that holds that people tend to be promoted until they reach their level of incompetence. noun 1. the Peter Principle, the theory, usually taken facetiously, that all members in a hierarchy rise to their own level of incompetence 1968, “in a hierarchy, every […]