A mother baboon and her baby.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English babewyne ; from Old French babuin, ape, fool ; from baboue, lip (of animals) ; from bab, echoic: see babble
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- Any of several large terrestrial African and Asian monkeys of the family Cercopithecidae, especially of the genus Papio or Chaeropithecus and related genera, characterized by an elongated, doglike muzzle, a short tail, and bare calluses on the buttocks.
- Slang A brutish person; a boor.
Origin: Middle English babewin, from Old French babuin, gaping figure, gargoyle, baboon, perhaps blend of Old French babine, muzzle, and babau, grimace.
- ba·boonˈer·y noun
- ba·boonˈish adjective