Dictionary.com

poon

[ poon ]
/ pun /
Save This Word!

noun

any of several East Indian trees of the genus Calophyllum, that yield a light, hard wood used for masts, spars, etc.
the wood of these trees.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!

Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of poon

1690–1700; compare Tamil punnai, pinnai,Malayalam punna names for Calophyllum inophyllum
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for poon (1 of 2)

poon1
/ (puːn) /

noun

any of several trees of the SE Asian genus Calophyllum having lightweight hard wood and shiny leathery leaves: family Clusiaceae
the wood of any of these trees, used to make masts and spars
C17: from Singhalese pūna

British Dictionary definitions for poon (2 of 2)

poon2
/ (puːn) /

noun

Australian slang a stupid or ineffectual person
C20: from English dialect
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Hate Typos? Get Grammar Coach