boon

1 [boon]

Origin:
1125–75; Middle English bone < Old Norse bōn prayer; cognate with Old English bēn

boonless, adjective
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boon

2 [boon]
adjective
1.
jolly; jovial; convivial: boon companions.
2.
Archaic. kindly; gracious; bounteous.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English bone < Middle French < Latin bonus good

boon

3 [boon]
noun Textiles.
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)
 
n
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
 
[C12: from Old Norse bōn request; related to Old English bēn prayer]

boon2 (buːn)
 
adj
1.  close, special, or intimate (in the phrase boon companion)
2.  archaic jolly or convivial
 
[C14: from Old French bon from Latin bonus good]

booner or boon (ˈbuːnə)
 
n
derogatory (Austral) a young working-class person from Canberra
 
[C20: of unknown origin]
 
boon or boon
 
n
 
[C20: of unknown origin]

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boon
late 12c., bone "petition," from O.N. bon "a petition, prayer," from P.Gmc. *boniz (cf. O.E. ben "prayer, petition," bannan "to summon;" see ban).

boon
in boon companion (1560s), only real survival of M.E. boon "good" (early 14c.), from O.Fr. bon (see bon).
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That's a boon to musicians looking for sponsors and to drive sales in today's
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Anything that creates more readers is a boon for all kinds of publishers.
Farm-fresh eggs from pastured hens taste great and are a boon to your body.
The Internet can also be a boon for the faraway baseball fan.
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