panjandrum definition

  • noun:
    • An important or self-important person: "a panjandrum of publishing company” ( Nat Hentoff).
    • An important, effective or influential individual.
    • A self-important or pretentious individual.
    • an enormous, rocket-propelled, explosive-laden cart created by the British military during World War II.
    • An imaginary personage of much energy or pretension; a burlesque potentate, plenipotentiary, or Great Mogul.
    • an essential or influential (and sometimes overbearing) individual

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