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boon1

[boon] /bun/
noun
1.
something to be thankful for; blessing; benefit.
2.
something that is asked; a favor sought.
Origin of boon1
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English bone < Old Norse bōn prayer; cognate with Old English bēn
Related forms
boonless, adjective

boon2

[boon] /bun/
adjective
1.
jolly; jovial; convivial:
boon companions.
2.
Archaic. kindly; gracious; bounteous.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English bone < Middle French < Latin bonus good

boon3

[boon] /bun/
noun, Textiles.
1.
the ligneous waste product obtained by braking and scutching flax.
Also called shive, shove.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English (north) bone; compare Old English bune reed
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boon1

/buːn/
noun
1.
something extremely useful, helpful, or beneficial; a blessing or benefit: the car was a boon to him
2.
(archaic) a favour; request: he asked a boon of the king
Word Origin
C12: from Old Norse bōn request; related to Old English bēn prayer

boon2

/buːn/
adjective
1.
close, special, or intimate (in the phrase boon companion)
2.
(archaic) jolly or convivial
Word Origin
C14: from Old French bon from Latin bonus good

booner

/ˈbuːnə/
noun
1.
(Austral, derogatory) a young working-class person from Canberra
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for boon
n.

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).

adj.

in boon companion (1560s), only real survival of Middle English boon "good" (early 14c.), from Old French bon (see bon).

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