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See also: kǫstr

Old Norse[edit]


From Proto-Germanic *kustuz (trial, choice), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵéwstus (taste), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ǵews. Confer with Latin gustus.


kostr m (genitive kostar, plural kostir)

  1. choice, alternative
    mun ek engan kost á gøra
    I will give no choice in the matter
  2. choice, terms
    hugsat hefi ek kostinn
    I have thought over the terms
  3. choice, chance, opportunity
  4. match
  5. state, condition
  6. cost, expense
  7. means, victuals, provisions
  8. food
  9. board
  10. stores, goods
  11. good quality, good things
    segja kost ok lǫst á einhverju
    to tell both the good and the bad of something
  12. virtue



Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]


  • Icelandic: kostur
  • Faroese: kostur
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: kost
  • Norwegian Bokmål: kost
  • Old Swedish: koster, kuster
  • Danish: kost


  • kostr in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press