One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The hero of J. M. Barrie's play of the same name (1904), a boy with magical powers who never grew up.
- 1.1as noun a Peter Pan A person who retains youthful features or childlike characteristics.‘the author is a Peter Pan obsessed with his own childhood memories’
- ‘The play confirms that under Coward's sophisticated mask lay a Peter Pan terrified of maturity and yearning for spiritual freedom.’
- ‘He was also an adolescent with retarded social development, a Peter Pan who never grew up.’
- 1.1as noun a Peter Pan A person who retains youthful features or childlike characteristics.
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