Definitions

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  • n. A man who acts as a child and does not accept the responsibilities of adulthood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the main character in a play and novel by J. M. Barrie; a boy who won't grow up
  • n. a boyish or immature man; after the boy in Barrie's play who never grows up

Etymologies

From the eponymous character in the novel Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The key to its resolution, then, is not to seek to remove all aspects of Peter Pan Syndrome but to add to your personality—to acknowledge that you are older and wiser today than you were yesterday and to add in some of those more mature aspects of your personality that have been lurking in the background.

    Life Is a Series of Presentations

  • You are probably suffering from Peter Pan Syndrome.

    Life Is a Series of Presentations

  • As I grasped her I suddenly realized—with apparent irrelevance—that Francie was wearing a wool jumper over a Peter Pan blouse.

    I. O. U.

  • But in the pantry she found dried fruits and jarred delicacies that could be eaten as they were, and large stocks of two of her favorite foods — Peter Pan peanut butter and semisweet Dove chocolate.

    Memory of Fire

  • I remember I wore a blue alpaca cardigan, a dyed-to-match blue skirt, and a little white shirt with a Peter Pan collar.

    It Ain’t All About the Cookin’

  • The dress I wore was a light and frivolous summer frock, white cotton sprigged with blue flowers, a touch of lace at the Peter Pan collar and along the lower edge of the sleeves.

    A Letter of Mary

  • Keep in mind that Peter Pan Syndrome is often reflected as much in the way a person dresses as in the way he presents.

    Life Is a Series of Presentations

  • It was Sanders, thirty pounds heavier than a year ago when she'd given up at long last on a toxic romance, but still wearing the soft straight sandy pageboy, the Peter Pan collars, and pleated skirts.

    The Debt Collector

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