Meaning of BABOON in English


— baboonish , adj.

/ba boohn"/ or, esp. Brit., /beuh-/ , n.

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, esp. one of low intelligence.

[ 1275-1325; ME baboyne, babewyn grotesque figure, gargoyle, late ME: baboon (cf. AL babevynus ) babouin, akin to babine pendulous lip, deriv. of an expressive base * bab - grimace ]

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