from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An imaginary personage of much power or pretension; a burlesque potentate, plenipotentiary, or Great Mogul.
For there rose in his pomp Sir Peter Tapsell, the Father of the House, and a panjandrum who makes the average double-breasted MP look like Norman Wisdom on a bad day.
Even though Marina begins to succumb to the narcosis of the jungle, she senses that she is being groomed to replace Dr. Swenson as chief researcher and tribal panjandrum.
This is his last chance to prove he is a possible president and not just a perennially overreaching Senate panjandrum.
This word is named after the Grand Panjandrum, a character in a 'nonsense farrago' written by British dramatist Samuel Foote (1720-1777).