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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
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English bone < Old Norse bōn prayer; cognate with Old English bēn
Related forms
boonless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for boonless

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
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Word Origin and History for boonless

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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