Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Late 19th century from the name of a character in W. S. Gilbert's The Mikado (1885)
  • celebrity
  • dignitary
  • luminary
  • vip
  • chief
  • eminence
  • executive
  • figure
  • heavyweight
  • high-up
  • hotdog
  • leader
  • lion
  • magnate
  • mogul
  • personage
  • power
  • star
  • worthy
  • commoner
  • nobody
  • lowlife
  • unknown
a person holding many public or private offices; a person in high position or of great influence
Arnold Schwarzenegger is a pooh-bah who not only has reached the highest level of celebrity status, but also served as the governor of California.
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