- a person who holds several positions, especially ones that give him or her bureaucratic importance.
- a leader, authority, or other important person: one of the pooh bahs of the record industry.
- a pompous, self-important person.
Also Pooh-Bah, poobah.
Origin of Pooh Bah
First recorded in 1880–85; after a character in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, who holds all of the high offices of state simultaneously and uses them for personal gain
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