high-muck-a-muck

[ hahy-muhk-uh-muhk, -muhk-uh-muhk ]
/ ˈhaɪˌmʌk əˈmʌk, -ˈmʌk əˌmʌk /

noun Slang.

an important, influential, or high-ranking person, especially one who is pompous or conceited.

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Also high-muck·y-muck [hahy-muhk-ee-muhk, -muhk-ee-muhk], /ˈhaɪˌmʌk iˈmʌk, -ˈmʌk iˌmʌk/, high-muck·e·ty-muck [hahy-muhk-i-tee-muhk, -muhk-i-tee-muhk]. /ˈhaɪˌmʌk ɪ tiˈmʌk, -ˈmʌk ɪ tiˌmʌk/.
Also called muck-a-muck.

Origin of high-muck-a-muck

First recorded in 1855–60; from Chinook Jargon hayo makamak literally, “plenty to eat, much food,” perhaps extended derisively to Indians of high status with much disposable wealth, as for potlatches; hayo, from Nootka ḥayo “ten” (the base of various measures with suffixes for specific countable nouns); mak(a)mak “eat, food,” from Nootka ma·ḥo·ma(q-) “part of whale meat between blubber and flesh”
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British Dictionary definitions for high-muck-a-muck

high-muck-a-muck

noun

a conceited or haughty person

Word Origin for high-muck-a-muck

C19: from Chinook Jargon hiu muckamuck, literally: plenty (of) food
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