a self-important, pompous official: a satirical title
Origin of panjandrumarbitrary formation from a nonsense passage by Samuel Foote (1721-77), Eng actor and amp; playwright
An important or self-important person: “a panjandrum of the publishing business” (Nat Hentoff).
Origin of panjandrumAfter the Grand Panjandrum, a character in a nonsense farrago written by Samuel Foote (1720–1777).
Coined as a nonce word in the 18th century by Samuel Foote.