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From Middle English babewin, baboin, from Old French babouin, from baboue ("grimace; muzzle"), of Germanic origin, related to German dialectal Bäppe ("lips; muzzle"), Middle High German beffen ("to bark"), Middle English baffen ("to bark"). See also baff, baffle.
baboon (plural baboons)
- 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.
- 1971: Philip José Farmer, Down in the Black Gang: and others; a story collection, page 79 (Nelson Doubleday)
- Mix swallowed the comment he wanted to make, that the council hall stank like a congress of baboons. But he was in no position to insult his host, nor should he. The man was only expressing the attitude of his time.
2012 March-April, John T. Jost, "Social Justice: Is It in Our Nature (and Our Future)?", in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 162:
He draws eclectically on studies of baboons, descriptive anthropological accounts of hunter-gatherer societies and, in a few cases, the fossil record.
- (colloquial, derogatory) A foolish or boorish person.
The collective noun for baboons is troop.
- ? 1.01.1 "baboon" listed in the Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)