boon

1
[ boon ]
/ bun /

noun

something to be thankful for; blessing; benefit.
something that is asked; a favor sought.

Nearby words

  1. boomie,
  2. boomkin,
  3. boomlet,
  4. boomslang,
  5. boomy,
  6. boondocker,
  7. boondocks,
  8. boondoggle,
  9. boone,
  10. boone, daniel

Origin of boon

1
1125–75; Middle English bone < Old Norse bōn prayer; cognate with Old English bēn

Related formsboon·less, adjective

boon

2
[ boon ]
/ bun /

adjective

jolly; jovial; convivial: boon companions.
Archaic. kindly; gracious; bounteous.

Origin of boon

2
1275–1325; Middle English bone < Middle French < Latin bonus good

boon

3
[ boon ]
/ bun /

noun Textiles.

the ligneous waste product obtained by braking and scutching flax.

Origin of boon

3
1350–1400; Middle English (north) bone; compare Old English bune reed

Also called shive, shove.

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British Dictionary definitions for boon

boon

1
/ (buːn) /

noun

something extremely useful, helpful, or beneficial; a blessing or benefitthe car was a boon to him
archaic a favour; requesthe asked a boon of the king

Word Origin for boon

C12: from Old Norse bōn request; related to Old English bēn prayer

adjective

close, special, or intimate (in the phrase boon companion)
archaic jolly or convivial

Word Origin for boon

C14: from Old French bon from Latin bonus good

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Word Origin and History for boon
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