- a self-important or pretentious official.
Origin of panjandrum
Examples from the Web for panjandrum
Same thing, I reckon, by all that you tell about that Panjandrum and his goin's on!The Faith Healer
William Vaughn Moody
My Panjandrum is deposed and transported to herd with convicts.
I would have died for my Panjandrum as my father died for his father.
I should as soon have expected to meet the great Panjandrum himself!In the Days of My Youth
Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
One player is chosen to be the Panjandrum, an important personage requiring a body guard.Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium
Jessie H. Bancroft
- a pompous self-important official or person of rank
Word Origin and History for panjandrum
mock name for a pompous personage, 1755, invented by Samuel Foote (1720-1777) in a long passage full of nonsense written to test the memory of actor Charles Macklin (1697-1797), who said he could repeat anything after hearing it once.