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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English boon (prayer), from Old Norse bón (prayer, petition), from Proto-Germanic *bōniz (supplication), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂ni-, *bʰeh₂- (to say). Influenced by boon (good, favorable, adj). Cognate with Swedish bön (prayer, petition, request), Danish bøn (prayer), Old English bēn (prayer, request, favor, compulsory service). More at ben.


boon (plural boons)

  1. (obsolete) A prayer; petition.
    • (Can we [[:Category:Requests for quotation/Edmund Spenser|find and add]] a quotation of Edmund Spenser to this entry?)[[Category:Requests for quotation/Edmund Spenser|BOON]]:
      For which to God he made so many an idle boon []
  2. (archaic) That which is asked or granted as a benefit or favor; a gift; a favour; benefaction; a grant; a present.
    • (Can we find and add a quotation of James I. 17 to this entry?):
      Every good gift and every perfect boon is from above []
    • 1872, James De Mille, The Cryptogram:[1]
      I gave you life. Can you not return the boon by giving me death, my lord?
  3. A good; a blessing or benefit; a great privilege; a thing to be thankful for.
    • 2013 July-August, Catherine Clabby, “Focus on Everything”, in American Scientist:
      Not long ago, it was difficult to produce photographs of tiny creatures with every part in focus. [] A photo processing technique called focus stacking has changed that. Developed as a tool to electronically combine the sharpest bits of multiple digital images, focus stacking is a boon to biologists seeking full focus on a micron scale.
    Finding the dry cave was a boon to the weary travellers.   Anaesthetics are a great boon to modern surgery.
  4. (Britain dialectal) An unpaid service due by a tenant to his lord.

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English boon, bone, from Old Northern French boon, Old French bon (good), from Latin bonus (good), from Old Latin duonus, dvenos, from Proto-Indo-European *dū- (to respect).


boon (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) good; prosperous; as, "boon voyage"
  2. kind; bountiful; benign
    • Milton
      Which [] Nature boon / Poured forth profuse on hill, and dale, and plain.
  3. (Fossil word used only in idiom pairing it with subsequent "companion") gay; merry; jovial; convivial
    • Arbuthnot
      a boon companion, loving his bottle
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Episode 16
      --No, Mr Bloom repeated again, I wouldn't personally repose much trust in that boon companion of yours who contributes the humorous element, if I were in your shoes.
    • Les Misérables (musical), "Master of the House," second and third refrains, fifth line:
      (2) "Everybody's boon companion, / Everybody's chaperon"; (3) "Everybody's boon companion: / Give[s] 'em everything he's got"
  • Which ... Nature boon Poured forth profuse on hill, and dale, and plain — John Milton
  • A boon companion, loving his bottle — John Arbuthnot

Etymology 3[edit]

From Scottish Gaelic and Irish via Scots.


boon (uncountable)

  1. The woody portion of flax, separated from the fiber as refuse matter by retting, braking, and scutching.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.



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From Middle Dutch bone, from Old Dutch *bōna, from Proto-Germanic *baunō, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰabʰ- (bean). Compare Low German Bohn, German Bohne, English and West Frisian bean, Danish bønne.


boon f, m (plural bonen, diminutive boontje n)

  1. bean


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