- 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.
Origin of baboon
Examples from the Web for baboon
Contemporary Examples of 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.Murder Threatens Mandela's Dream
April 21, 2010
Historical Examples of baboon
"Go to the devil, and take your baboon with you," cursed the new arrival.A Hungarian Nabob
She was nourished on baboon milk, and the baboon nature is in her veins.
Occasionally a man would slip, or be pulled over in the grip of a baboon.
The mandrills are another species of baboon who inhabit this region.In the Wilds of Africa
When the baboon sat down on his hams he was about as tall as the boy when he walked.Adventures in Many Lands
Word Origin 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.