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Origin and Etymology of pooh-bah
First Known Use: 1886See Words from the same year
Synonymsbig, big boy, big cheese, bigfoot, biggie, big gun, big leaguer, big-timer, big wheel, bigwig, fat cat, heavy, heavy hitter, heavyweight, high-muck-a-muck (or high-muckety-muck), honcho, kahuna, kingfish, kingpin, major leaguer, muckety-muck (also muck-a-muck or mucky-muck), nabob, nawab, nibs, nob [chiefly British], pooh-bah (also poo-bah), wheel
Antonymslightweight, nobody, nonentity, nothing, shrimp, twerp, whippersnapper, zero, zilch
Related Wordsbaron, czar (also tsar or tzar), king, lion, magnate, mogul, prince, tycoon; VIP
Near Antonymsinferior, subordinate, underling; mediocrity, obscurity
POOH-BAH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pooh-bah for English Language Learners
: a person who has a lot of power or influence
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