costning

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.

NounEdit

costning (plural costnings)

  1. (UK dialectal) Temptation.

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Last modified on 3 August 2013, at 18:12