From Old French harpon, from Latin harpaga, a rare variant of Latin harpagō, from Ancient Greek ἁρπάγη (harpágē, “hook”), from ἁρπάζω (harpázō, “to snatch away, to carry off, to seize, to captivate”). Sense and spelling perhaps influenced by Dutch harpoen (“harpoon”).
- (General American) enPR: härpo͞onʹ, IPA(key): /hɑːɹˈpuːn/
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: härpo͞onʹ, IPA(key): /hɑːˈpuːn/
- Rhymes: -uːn
- Hyphenation: har‧poon
harpoon (plural harpoons)