Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

pooh–bah

noun, often capitalized P&B \ˈpü-ˌbä, -ˌbȯ\

Simple Definition of pooh–bah

  • : a person who has a lot of power or influence

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pooh–bah

  1. 1 :  a person holding many public or private offices

  2. 2 :  a person in high position or of great influence

Variants of pooh–bah

also

poo–bah

play \ˈpü-ˌbä, -ˌbȯ\

Origin and Etymology of pooh–bah

Pooh-Bah, character in Gilbert and Sullivan's opera The Mikado (1885) bearing the title Lord-High-Everything-Else


First Known Use: 1888


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pooh–bah? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to destroy or remove completely

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

two-chairs-on-a-pier-by-the-ocean-in-summer

Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?

estival brumal hiemal vernal
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ