Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A pompous ostentatious official, especially one who, holding many offices, fulfills none of them.
  • noun A person who holds high office.

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  • noun Alternative form of poobah.

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  • noun an arrogant or conceited person of importance

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Pooh-Bah, Lord-High-Everything-Else, a character in The Mikado by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.]

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From Pooh-Bah, a comic character in the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta The Mikado.

Examples

  • Mark Thompson's sets and costumes suggest a more modern, Westernized Japan — that of 1922 — in which the members of the men's chorus wear the garb of the London gentleman complete with derbies, spats and rolled umbrellas and the dignitaries Pish-Tush and Pooh-Bah are kitted out in striped trousers and top hats.

    Taking Gilbert

  • The vanity and venality of Pooh-Bah, holder of almost every official post played with great authority by Andrew Shore, who speaks with a different accent or articulation for each, makes any threat to the status quo that much more worrying.

    Taking Gilbert

  • When you see Martyn Green and Sydney Granville as Ko-Ko and Pooh-Bah, you're seeing two of the greatest of all G & S singers in the roles for which they were best known—up close and in Technicolor.

    They Are the Very Model of Major Gilbert & Sullivan DVDs

  • The Huntsman: Pooh-Bah Ventures Out skip to main | skip to sidebar

    Pooh-Bah Ventures Out

  • Sensing his party's annihilation at the polls, the egregious Boy Miliband, him with the Marxist dad and the Israel-bashing mum, won't do anything to spoil his chances of becoming Pooh-Bah Plenipotentiary of the Great Gravy Train Empire across the Channel.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Zeb's "it has been decided ..." phrasing certainly suggests that some grand Pooh-Bah, a Lord High Master of Everything, has figured out the answer -- surely this is all waiting for a Mikado-like send-up to give this the treatment it deserves.

    Shoot the cat?

  • The rest of us, of course, just follow our betters (that Pooh-Bah whoever he/she may be) and go with the higher scoring wine (endangered species, whatever).

    Shoot the cat?

  • "Yeah, I can see where you could become Supreme High Pooh-Bah in a nanosecond if you had Old Betsy with you," he said.

    Acorna's Rebels

  • Pooh-Bah pop the question posthaste postmortem pot calling the kettle black pound of flesh pour oil on troubled waters prima donna primrose path pro forma pro tempore pull somebody’s leg pull strings put on the dog put your foot in your mouth

    4. Idioms

  • Pooh-Bah is a character in Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Mikado; his title is Lord-High-Everything-Else.

    Pooh-Bah

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