noun, often capitalized P&B
\ ˈpü-ˌbä How to pronounce pooh-bah (audio) , -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

First Known Use of pooh-bah

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pooh-bah

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

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“Pooh-bah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pooh-bah. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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often disapproving : a person who has a lot of power or influence

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