- something to be thankful for; blessing; benefit.
- something that is asked; a favor sought.
Origin of boon1
- jolly; jovial; convivial: boon companions.
- Archaic. kindly; gracious; bounteous.
Origin of boon2
- the ligneous waste product obtained by braking and scutching flax.
Origin of boon3
Related Words for boonwindfall, blessing, godsend, largess, good, help, gift, benevolence, grant, donation, break, favor, benefit, compliment, benefaction, gratuity, present
Examples from the Web for boon
Contemporary Examples of boon
The story of fluoridation reads like a postmodern fable, and the moral is clear: a scientific discovery might seem like a boon.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
Apple is already positioning egg freezing as a boon to women at the company.Don’t Be Fooled by Apple and Facebook, Egg Freezing Is Not a Benefit
October 17, 2014
Adding vehicles to the grid could be a boon to vehicle and fleet owners in several ways.Adding Vehicles to the Grid
The Daily Beast
October 8, 2014
Now they do business year round, which has been a boon in times of economic crisis.Saying Goodbye to the Salvage Saviors of Giglio
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 21, 2014
Boon Clatterbuck throwing his whiskey bottle away, Jack Teagarden almost clearing his throat.Murray Kempton on The Homecoming of Willie Mays
March 31, 2014
Historical Examples of boon
I am never so surrounded by boon companions as when I am all alone.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
The boon I crave is that you will place it in my hands and let me die still grasping it.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Let us go to Montcalm, and demand admission: he dare not deny a child the boon.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
And is that the only boon you crave at my hands, Mr. Kirkwood?The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
The bearer of this gift is entitled to claim any boon from Isabella.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
- 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
- close, special, or intimate (in the phrase boon companion)
- archaic jolly or convivial
Word Origin for boon
Word Origin and History for boon
late 12c., bone "petition," from Old Norse bon "a petition, prayer," from Proto-Germanic *boniz (cf. Old English ben "prayer, petition," bannan "to summon;" see ban).
in boon companion (1560s), only real survival of Middle English boon "good" (early 14c.), from Old French bon (see bon).