Definition of pooh-bah in English:

pooh-bah

Syllabification: pooh-bah
Pronunciation: /ˈpo͞obä
 
/
(also Pooh-Bah)

noun

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

Origin

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

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