baboon

[ ba-boon or, esp. British, buh- ]
/ bæˈbun or, esp. British, bə- /

noun

any of various large, terrestrial monkeys of the genus Papio and related genera, of Africa and Arabia, having a doglike muzzle, large cheek pouches, and a short tail.
a coarse, ridiculous, or brutish person, especially one of low intelligence.

Nearby words

  1. babism,
  2. babite,
  3. babka,
  4. babo's law,
  5. baboo,
  6. baboonery,
  7. babouche,
  8. babracot,
  9. babruysk,
  10. babs

Origin of baboon

1275–1325; Middle English baboyne, babewyn grotesque figure, gargoyle, late Middle English: baboon (compare Anglo-Latin babevynus) < Middle French babouin, akin to babine pendulous lip, derivative of an expressive base *bab- grimace

Related formsba·boon·ish, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for baboon

baboon

/ (bəˈbuːn) /

noun

any of several medium-sized omnivorous Old World monkeys of the genus Papio (or Chaeropithecus) and related genera, inhabiting open rocky ground or wooded regions of Africa. They have an elongated muzzle, large teeth, and a fairly long tailSee also hamadryas, gelada

Word Origin for baboon

C14 babewyn gargoyle, later, baboon, from Old French babouin, from baboue grimace; related to Old French babine a thick lip

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Word Origin and History for baboon

baboon

n.

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.

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