baboonish

baboon

[ba-boon or, esp. British, buh-]
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; 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

baboonish, adjective
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baboon (bəˈbuːn)
 
n
hamadryas See also gelada 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
 
[C14 babewyn gargoyle, later, baboon, from Old French babouin, from baboue grimace; related to Old French babine a thick lip]

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baboon
type of ape, c.1400, babewyn, earlier "a grotesque figure used in architecture or decoration" (early 14c.), from Fr. babouin "baboon," from O.Fr. baboin "ape," earlier "simpleton, dimwit, fool" (13c.), also "gaping figure (such as a gargoyle)," so probably from O.Fr. baboue "grimacing;" or perhaps it
is imitative of the ape's babbling speech-like cries. Ger. Pavian "baboon" is from Du. baviaan, from M.Du. baubijn, a borrowing of the O.Fr. word.
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