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baboon

[ba-boon or, esp. British, buh-] /bæˈbun or, esp. British, bə-/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a coarse, ridiculous, or brutish person, especially one of low intelligence.
Origin
1275-1325
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 forms
baboonish, adjective
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Examples from the web for baboon
  • Think baboon-dinosaurs besieging your local gas-mart.
  • At one zoo, an entire baboon troop gathered on top of their rock, all staring in exactly the same direction.
  • It's certainly happened in the presence of a mongoose and baboon, but neither mammal reacted.
  • Reading a baboon's mind affords an excellent grasp of the dynamics of baboon society.
  • Males of the hamadryas baboon species also have a large white mane.
  • baboon mating behavior varies greatly depending on the social structure of the troop.
British Dictionary definitions for baboon

baboon

/bəˈbuːn/
noun
1.
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 tail See also hamadryas, gelada
Word Origin
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
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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Slang definitions & phrases for baboon

baboon

noun

An uncouth or stupid person: Outta my way, you baboon!


big ape

noun phrase

A large, dangerous man •Nearly always used affectionately of a man by a woman (1940s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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