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  • n. Mock title used to refer to an authoritative, bossy or demanding person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Someone who gives a command or makes a demand, often one who acts in a self-important manner, sometimes one with authority; -- used mockingly as a jocose term, as if a title of honor, but not usually in the presence of the person referred to, and usually indicating resentment or contempt.

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