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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a boon companionliterary (= a very close friend)
▪ Charles arrived at the house, together with his boon companion Herbert.
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▪ A recently acquired photo-copier has proved a great time-saving boon for note taking.
▪ It also is a great boon to vegetarians who can cook grains and dried beans in 12 minutes or less.
▪ The Mormons were given the greatest boon a struggling movement can want, a martyr.
▪ She hadn't deserved their kindness, their good wishes - she'd hardly been a boon companion of late.
▪ During haytime and harvest, the four horses bought from his father-in-law had proved to be a boon.
▪ That kind of bare-knuckled competition is proving to be a boon to travelers on the World Wide Web.
▪ A recently acquired photo-copier has proved a great time-saving boon for note taking.
▪ Yet even in its triumph over human competition, the computer is proving something of a boon to the chess world.
▪ United's record goalscorer and now director, Bobby Charlton, believes Cantona will prove both a boon and a bargain.
▪ A new Green Party, therefore, could potentially split the liberal vote and prove a boon to the Republicans.
▪ A recently acquired photo-copier has proved a great time-saving boon for note taking.
▪ But I would crave a boon for myself and my successors.
▪ But with careful management the carp can still be a boon to water authorities.
▪ For some estate agents, though, it is a boon.
▪ Is snow an environmental boon or a menace?
▪ It also is a great boon to vegetarians who can cook grains and dried beans in 12 minutes or less.
▪ The law is a special boon to those, like top corporate honchos, who are due large sums of deferred compensation.
▪ Their boon is life for ever freed from toil.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Boon \Boon\, a. [F. bon. See Boon, n.]

  1. Good; prosperous; as, boon voyage. [Obs.]

  2. Kind; bountiful; benign.

    Which . . . Nature boon Poured forth profuse on hill, and dale, and plain.

  3. Gay; merry; jovial; convivial.

    A boon companion, loving his bottle.


Boon \Boon\, n. [Scot. boon, bune, been, Gael. & Ir. bunach coarse tow, fr. bun root, stubble.] The woody portion flax, which is separated from the fiber as refuse matter by retting, braking, and scutching.


Boon \Boon\ (b[=oo]n), n. [OE. bone, boin, a petition, fr. Icel. b[=o]n; akin to Sw. & Dan. b[aum]n, AS. b[=e]n, and perh. to E. ban; but influenced by F. bon good, fr. L. bonus.

  1. A prayer or petition. [Obs.]

    For which to God he made so many an idle boon.

  2. That which is asked or granted as a benefit or favor; a gift; a benefaction; a grant; a present.

    Every good gift and every perfect boon is from above.
    --James i. 17 (Rev. Ver. ).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 12c., bone "petition," from Old Norse bon "a petition, prayer," from Proto-Germanic *boniz (cognates: Old English ben "prayer, petition," bannan "to summon;" see ban).


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


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context obsolete English) A prayer; petition. 2 (context archaic English) That which is asked or granted as a benefit or favor; a gift; a favour; benefaction; a grant; a present. 3 A good; a blessing or benefit; a great privilege; a thing to be thankful for. Etymology 2

a. 1 (context obsolete English) good; prosperous; as, "boon voyage" 2 kind; bountiful; benign 3 gay; merry; jovial; convivial Etymology 3

n. The woody portion of flax, separated from the fiber as refuse matter by retting, brake, and scutching.


adj. very close and convivial; "boon companions"


n. a desirable state; "enjoy the blessings of peace"; "a spanking breeze is a boon to sailors" [syn: blessing]


Boon may refer to:

Boon (TV series)

Boon is a British television crime drama starring Michael Elphick, David Daker, and later Neil Morrissey. It was created by Jim Hill and Bill Stair and filmed by Central Television for ITV. It revolved around the life of an ex-fireman called Ken Boon.

Boon (novel)

Boon is a 1915 work of literary satire by H. G. Wells. It purports, however, to be by the fictional character Reginald Bliss, and for some time after publication Wells denied authorship. Boon is best known for its part in Wells's debate on the nature of literature with Henry James, who is caricatured in the book. But in Boon Wells also mocks himself, calling into question and ridiculing a notion he held dear—that of humanity's collective consciousness.

Boon (game)

Boon is a trick-taking card game, based on the German card game Sheepshead. It was released in 2015. Though the rules of Boon are analogous to those in the game Sheepshead, Boon uses a specialized deck which corresponds directly to the rules of the game. This is different than Sheepshead, which is played with 32 cards from the Standard 52-card deck. Boon can be played with 3 or 4 players.

Usage examples of "boon".

Such an anosmic filter would be both a mordant political statement and a genuine boon to Mankind.

Boon books are sold Available from WH Smith, John Menues, Forbuoys, Martins, Tesco, Asda and other paperback stockists.

Boon are proud to bring back these sought after titles, now reissued in beautifully matching volumes and presented as one cherished collection.

They received it as a fact that through the mediation of Christ the original boon forfeited by Adam was to be restored, and that men, instead of undergoing death and banishment to Hades, should be translated to heaven.

Among the crowds of nuns, young ladies of noble families and refined education, early set apart to this mode of existence, with all their glowing sentiments and dreams undispelled by the cold touch of the world, the inviting and innocent vent of sisterly love must often have been welcomed as a heavenly boon, and improved with enthusiasm.

The Far West papers called for immediate scientific study of the Beller achievement, and most of them implied that it would be a tremendous boon to humanity if the claims were found to be true.

The man you say is your husband and Erik Bonebreaker were like boon companions who share everything.

Among those boons was his elevation to the stature of a master of brahmanic power, a level of shakti comparable only to that which is wielded by the Seven Seers, the brahmarishis like myself who have been ordained by Brahma himself to oversee the smooth functioning and harmony of the three worlds.

I gladly, all of it, couldst thou but repay me with the boon of death to come.

There was probably a boon to be doggled and Barry was anxious to get to it.

Whereas when our own beloved country, once, by the blessing of God, united, prosperous, and happy, is now afflicted with faction and civil war, it is peculiarly fit for us to recognize the hand of God in this terrible visitation, and in sorrowful remembrance of our own faults and crimes as a nation and as individuals to humble ourselves before Him and to pray for His mercy-to pray that we may be spared further punishment, though most justly deserved, that our arms may be blessed and made effectual for the re-establishment of order, law, and peace throughout the wide extent of our country, and that the inestimable boon of civil and religious liberty, earned under His guidance and blessing by the labors and sufferings of our fathers, may be restored in all its original excellence Therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do appoint the last Thursday in September next as a day of humiliation, prayer, and fasting for all the people of the nation.

Loo-Wit was said by the Multnomah and Klickitat to be an old woman who, because of her generosity, was granted one boon by the sky spirit.

I shall tell thee the boon that I would ask of thee and thy generosity has granted me, and it is that on the morrow thou wilt dub me a knight, and that this night in the chapel of thy castle I shall keep vigil over my armor, and on the morrow, as I have said, what I fervently desire will be accomplished so that I can, as I needs must do, travel the four corners of the earth in search of adventures on behalf of those in need, this being the office of chivalry and of knights errant, for I am one of them and my desire is disposed to such deeds.

Ludus told Boon that the tire on one of his wheels had loosened and he had stopped at our house and seen Father, who had told him to drive the wagon into the pond in the pasture where the wood of the wheel would swell back to the tire, and stable and feed the mules in our lot and come and get them in the morning.

He just brought the mules up and turned them side by side while Boon and Ned hooked the trace chains to the singletrees and then Boon squatted in the mud to make the log chain fast to the car.