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panjandrum (n.)

mock name for a pompous personage of power and pretension, 1880, a word said to have been invented in 1755 by Samuel Foote (1720-1777) in a long passage full of nonsense written to test the memory of actor Charles Macklin (1697-1797), who said he could repeat anything after hearing it once.

updated on December 29, 2019

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Definitions of panjandrum from WordNet

panjandrum (n.)
an important or influential (and often overbearing) person;
Synonyms: very important person / vip / high-up / dignitary / high muckamuck
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