A mother baboon and her baby.
Origin of baboonMiddle English babewyne ; from Old French babuin, ape, fool ; from baboue, lip (of animals) ; from bab, echoic: see babble
- Any of several large terrestrial African and Arabian monkeys of the genus Papio, having an elongated doglike muzzle and bare calluses on the buttocks.
- Slang A brutish person; a boor.
Origin of baboonMiddle English babewin, from Old French babuin, gaping figure, gargoyle, baboon, perhaps blend of Old French babine, muzzle, and babau, grimace.
From Middle English babewin, baboin, from Old French babouin, from baboue (“grimace, muzzle”), of Germanic origin, related to German dialectal Bäppe (“muzzle”), Middle High German beffen (“to bark”), Middle English baffen (“to bark”). See also baff, baffle.