From Middle High German obez, from Old High German obez, obaz (“fruit”), from Proto-Germanic *ubatją (“fruit, produce, increase”), from a compound whose first element represents Proto-Indo-European *obʰi-, *ebʰi-, *bʰi- (“on, toward, from, by”), and whose second element is Proto-Germanic *at, *ēta- (“edibles, food”), from Proto-Germanic *etaną (“to eat”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ed- (“to eat”). Cognate with English ovest (“mast”), Middle Low German ōvet, āvet, ōft (“fruit”), Low German Aaft (“fruits”), Dutch ooft (“fruits”). More at ovest.
- Heute esse ich nur Obst. ― Today I only eat fruit.
- Obst in Duden online