- 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.
Origin of Pooh Bah
Related Words for pooh-bahdignitary, celebrity, luminary, mogul, figure, executive, heavyweight, star, eminence, personage, lion, leader, personality, somebody, power, worthy, magnate, notability, name, VIP
Examples from the Web for pooh-bah
Historical Examples of pooh-bah
“Pooh-Bah will do a better job than I could,” Fay assured him.
But Pooh-Bah declares "I must set bounds to my insatiable ambition."The Secrets of a Savoyard
Henry A. Lytton
A corporation is not a commercial Pooh-Bah, divided into unrelated sections.The Promise Of American Life
Herbert David Croly
Pooh-Bah, it seems that the festivities in connection with my approaching marriage must last a week.The Open Secret of Ireland
T. M. Kettle
Pooh-Bah finished page two and began to race through page three.
- a pompous self-important official holding several offices at once and fulfilling none of them
Word Origin for Pooh-Bah
"leader who maintains excessive bureaucratic control," 1888, from Pooh-Bah, the name of the "Lord High Everything Else" character in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" (1885).