[peer-ro]. A character in French pantomime representing a man in
growth and a child in mind and manners. He is generally the tallest and
thinnest man that can be got, has his face and hair covered with white
powder or flour, and wears a white gown with very long sleeves, and a
row of big buttons down the front. The word means Little Peter.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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