pooh-bah

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noun, often capitalized P&B \ ˈpü-ˌbä , -ˌbȯ \
variants: or less commonly poo-bah

Definition of pooh-bah

1 :a person holding many public or private offices
2 :a person in high position or of great influence

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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


POOH-BAH Defined for English Language Learners

pooh-bah

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Definition of pooh-bah for English Language Learners

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



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