Origin of baboon
Examples from the Web for baboon
“I find ‘the baboon’ suits him better than his real name,” she adds caustically.
In the book, Strauss-Kahn is identified only as the “pig,” “baboon,” or “baboon-man.”
I am an Afrikaner and I want to show that baboon Julius Malema.
One baboon had so wearied his pursuers by his antics that they pointed a gun at him, though with no intention of firing.The Animal Story Book|Various
First he looked into the eyes of Poker Face the Baboon and saw something faraway.Rootabaga Stories|Carl Sandburg
“I hope you are not wishing for a baboon to add to your pets,” added her mother, laughing.Minnie's Pet Monkey|Madeline Leslie
But when taken young they are easily tamed, and even seem to be more susceptible of education than any other baboon.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
And presently, we even have a description of Messer the Devil as he appeared on that occasion—in the shape of a baboon.The Life of Cesare Borgia|Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for baboon
Word Origin for baboon
Word Origin and History for baboon
type of ape, c.1400, babewyn, earlier "a grotesque figure used in architecture or decoration" (early 14c.), from French babouin "baboon," from Old French baboin "ape," earlier "simpleton, dimwit, fool" (13c.), also "gaping figure (such as a gargoyle)," so perhaps from Old French baboue "grimacing;" or perhaps it is imitative of the ape's babbling speech-like cries. Also cf. -oon. German Pavian "baboon" is from Dutch baviaan, from Middle Dutch baubijn, a borrowing of the Old French word.