Origin of harpoonMiddle Dutch harpoen ; from Middle French harpon ; from harper, to claw, grip ; from Old Norse harpa, to squeeze, cramp: for Indo-European base see harp
transitive verbhar·pooned, har·poon·ing, har·poons
Origin of harpoonProbably from Dutch harpoen, from Middle Dutch, from Old French harpon, possibly from harpe, clamp, claw, from Latin harpa, sickle, from Greek harp&emacron;.
(third-person singular simple present harpoons, present participle harpooning, simple past and past participle harpooned)
- To hunt something with a harpoon.
From Old French harpon, from Latin harpaga, from Ancient Greek ἁρπάγη (harpagē, “hook”), from ἁρπάζω (harpazō, “to snatch away, to carry off, to seize, to captivate”).