Meaning of pooh-bah in English:


Pronunciation /pu??bɑ?/


  • A person having much influence or holding many offices at the same time, especially one who is perceived as pompously self-important.

    ‘a pair of government pooh-bahs’
    • ‘I love the fact that the self-important pooh-bahs at 43rd Street now have to worry that they'll be corrected on a daily basis by a bunch of former nobodies.’
    • ‘The chophouse has been renowned as a gathering spot for Minnesota's political pooh-bahs since the Great Depression.’
    • ‘He's looking awfully good by comparison to the pooh-bahs of the business today.’
    • ‘But this self-important pooh-bah is more than an ominous senior legal and political figure.’
    • ‘Our cultural pooh-bahs simply can't bear to admit that the scene they presume to be such a part of is a bastion of mediocrity.’


From the name of a character in W. S. Gilbert's The Mikado (1885).