Definitions of baboon

  1. large terrestrial monkeys having doglike muzzles
  2. One of the Old World Quadrumana, of the genera Cynocephalus and Papio; the dog- faced ape. Baboons have dog- like muzzles and large canine teeth, cheek pouches, a short tail, and naked callosities on the buttocks. They are mostly African. See Mandrill, and Chacma, and Drill an ape.
  3. A genus of the subfamily CERCOPITHECINAE, family CERCOPITHECIDAE, consisting of seven named species: P. ursinus ( chacma baboon), P. cynocephalus ( yellow baboon), P. papio ( western or Guinea baboon), P. anubis ( anubis or olive baboon), P. hamadryas ( hamadryas or sacred baboon), P. sphinx ( mandrill), and P. leucophaeus ( drill). Some authors have recognized a separate genus for the drill and mandrill: Mandrillus. The Papio genus is geographically distributed throughout east and west Africa, Arabia, Egypt, and the Sudan.
  4. The popular name of the large apes or monkeys with doglike muzzles, of Africa and Arabia.
  5. A species of large monkey, having a long face, dog- like tusks, large lips, and a short tail.
  6. A kind of large short- tailed monkey.
  7. A ferocious Old World monkey. See illus. in preceding column.
  8. A monkey of a large species with short tail, long face, and strong tusks.
  9. A monkey of the largest kind.

Usage examples for baboon

  1. He was a good- sized animal, with a very long body, a smooth black coat, tan feet, muzzle, and " spectacles," and a face of extraordinary length, which gave him a profoundly- wise baboon- like expression. – Far Away and Long Ago by W. H. Hudson
  2. All dead- all dead," and an old baboon in the rocks with startling suddenness barked out " all dead" in answer. – Jess by H. Rider Haggard
  3. This baboon was extremely gentle and docile, and its master had given it an excellent education. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  4. The apothecary, who was a little old withered man, with a forehead about an inch high, a nose turned up at the end, large cheek- bones that helped to form a pit for his little gray eyes, a great bag of loose skin hanging down on each side in wrinkles, like the alforjos of a baboon, and a mouth so much accustomed to that contraction which produces grinning, that he could not pronounce a syllable without discovering the remains of his teeth, which consisted of four yellow fangs, not improperly, by anatomists, called canine. – The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett
  5. So the next morning when the Potato Face Blind Man sat down to play his accordion on the corner nearest the postoffice in the Village of Liver- and- Onions, next to him on the right hand side sitting on the sidewalk was Poker Face the Baboon and on the left hand side sitting next to him was Hot Dog the Tiger. – Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg
  6. " I trust to your honours, my genlemens," remarked the beastly baboon in question, in a manner so apropos that I guessed him not entirely ignorant of German, after all. – It Happened in Egypt by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  7. He looked like a monstrous baboon shuffling towards her. – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  8. " I'm waitin' for that ole man baboon to come back. – Tales from the Veld by Ernest Glanville
  9. It sprang from the bushes and stood facing her like an animal at bay- a short creature neither man nor boy, misshapen, grotesquely humped, possessing long thin arms of almost baboon- like proportions. – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  10. On contemplating their persons, you saw them with a physical organization resembling beings of a grade below the rank of man; long projecting heels, the gastronymic muscle wanting, and no calves to their legs; their mouths and chins protruded, their noses flat, their foreheads retiring, having exactly the head and legs of the baboon tribe. – An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans by Lydia Maria Child
  11. There's neither luck nor grace, honor nor glory in such a way of fighting- so just promise me you'll shoot that grinning baboon there, when he's going off the ground, since it's the fashion to fire at a man with his back to you. – The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete by Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
  12. A clergyman in England, of some distinction, had a tame baboon, who was very fond of him, and whenever he could get a chance, followed him in the street. – Stories about Animals: with Pictures to Match by Francis C. Woodworth
  13. The dog shivered too, and came up and sat down close enough to receive the sympathetic hand of Old Baboon on his broad bowed head. – First Fam'lies of the Sierras by Joaquin Miller
  14. Well, about this time the skelpot smell'd out the baboon. – Tales from the Veld by Ernest Glanville
  15. The huge baboon, therefore, which had become our latest regimental pet and terror, was promptly transferred to other custody, and our scanty kits were packed with utmost speed. – With the Guards' Brigade from Bloemfontein to Koomati Poort and Back by Edward P. Lowry
  16. They passed under the tree where the baboon was hid, and the spirit of mischief seemed to wake up in the wounded animal, notwithstanding all that had happened to him that night. – The Ruined Cities of Zululand by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
  17. The brain of a baboon differs very little from the brain of a man. – The Gospel of the Hereafter by J. Paterson-Smyth
  18. The Empress was much amused at seeing the baboon lose her dignity so completely under the influence of this lady. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  19. The baboon realized that he could not get away. – The-Circus-Boys-on-the-Mississippi-or-Afloat-with-the-Big-Show-on-the-Big-River by Darlington, Edgar B. P.
  20. At breakfast, next morning, she was hardly on speaking terms with her sister, while Stephen Grey was pronounced " a perfect bore- a baboon, with more hair than brains." – Dora Deane by Mary J. Holmes