panjandrum


panjandrum

noun

  1. a self-important or pretentious official.

noun

  1. a pompous self-important official or person of rank

n.mock name for a pompous personage, 1755, invented 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.

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