Baboon definition

bă-bo͝on
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Any of several large terrestrial African and Arabian monkeys of the genus Papio, having an elongated doglike muzzle and bare calluses on the buttocks.
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(zoology) An Old World monkey of the genus Papio, having dog-like muzzles and large canine teeth, cheek pouches, a short tail, and naked callosities on the buttocks.
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(slang) A brutish person; a boor.
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Any of various large, fierce, short-tailed Old World monkeys (mainly genus Papio) of Africa and Arabia, having a doglike snout and long teeth, a large head with cheek pouches, and bare calluses on the rump.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
baboon
Plural:
baboons

Origin of baboon

  • Middle English babewin from Old French babuin gaping figure, gargoyle, baboon perhaps blend of Old French babine muzzle, babau grimace

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary