costning

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English costning, costnunge, from Old English costnung (temptation, testing, trial, tribulation), from Old English costnian, variant of Old English costian (to tempt, try, prove, examine), from Proto-Germanic *kustōną (to try, taste), from Proto-Indo-European *geus- (to enjoy, taste), equivalent to cost +‎ -ing. Cognate with German kosten (to taste). Related to choose.

Noun[edit]

costning (plural costnings)

  1. (UK dialectal) Temptation.

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