- The definition of boon is someone or something that is happy or friendly.
An example of boon is someone easy to get along with.
- A boon is defined as a welcomed blessing.
An example of boon is the sky clearing up just before sunset on a rainy day.
- Archaic a request or the favor requested
- welcome benefit; blessing
Origin of boonMiddle English bone from Old Norse bon, a petition, prayer from Indo-European base an unverified form bha-, to speak (see fame); meaning probably influenced, influence by boon
- Archaic kind, generous, pleasant, etc.
- merry; convivial: now only in boon companion, a close friend
Origin of boonMiddle English and Old French bon from Classical Latin bonus, good
- A benefit bestowed, especially one bestowed in response to a request.
- A timely blessing or benefit: A brisk breeze is a boon to sailors.
Origin of boonMiddle English bone from Old Norse bōn prayer ; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.
- Convivial; jolly: a boon companion to all.
- Archaic Favorable.
Origin of boonMiddle English bon good from Old French from Latin bonus ; see deu-2 in Indo-European roots.
- (archaic) That which is asked or granted as a benefit or favor; a gift; a favour; benefaction; a grant; a present.
- A good; a blessing or benefit; a great privilege; a thing to be thankful for.
- Finding the dry cave was a boon to the weary travellers. Anaesthetics are a great boon to modern surgery.
- (UK dialectal) An unpaid service due by a tenant to his lord.
From Middle English boon (“prayer”), from Old Norse bόn (“prayer, petition”), from Proto-Germanic *bōniz (“supplication”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰāni-, *bʰā- (“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.
From Gaelic and Irish via Scots.