Definition of baboonery in English:


Pronunciation /bəˈbuːn(ə)ri/


  • 1Grotesque or absurd ornamentation, carving or pictures; an example of this. Compare "baboon" babery historical after Middle English.

  • 2Originally: †a colony of baboons (obsolete rare). In later use: a captive collection of baboons.

  • 3Baboonish nature, character, or behaviour; especially foolishness, stupidity.


Late Middle English; earliest use found in Aelred of Rievaulx's De Institutione Inclusarum. From baboon + -ery.