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1. Any of several large terrestrial African and Arabian monkeys of the genus Papio, having an elongated doglike muzzle and bare calluses on the buttocks.
2. Slang A brutish person; a boor.

[Middle English babewin, from Old French babuin, gaping figure, gargoyle, baboon, perhaps blend of Old French babine, muzzle, and babau, grimace.]

ba·boon′er·y n.
ba·boon′ish adj.


1. resembling a baboon
2. uncouth, brutish
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Adj.1.baboonish - resembling a baboon
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He taught me that if you make quick grabbing movements with your hands and move your head around and shuffle and bob a bit, then you look like a baboonish thing.