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Peter Pan

the hero of Sir James M. Barrie's play about a boy who never grew up.
(italics) the play itself (1904). Unabridged
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  • I have seen Peter Pan, and I like wings, and angel cake, very much indeed.

    Letters of the Motor Girl Ethellyn Gardner
  • I want Peter Pan, who first gave the brute its taste for me.'

    Peter and Wendy James Matthew Barrie
  • I wouldn't be surprised if some little child over there is playing Peter Pan!

  • When she was old enough to ask them they were mostly about Peter Pan.

    Peter and Wendy James Matthew Barrie
  • Peter Pan held Wendy's hand, and away they floated into the dark blue depths of the starry night.

    The Story of Peter Pan Daniel Stephen O'Connor
British Dictionary definitions for Peter Pan

Peter Pan

a youthful, boyish, or immature man
Word Origin
C20: after the main character in Peter Pan (1904), a play by J. M. Barrie
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Peter Pan

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Peter Pan in Culture

Peter Pan definition

(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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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