oncost

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From on- +‎ cost, or from Middle English uncost (additional expense), from Middle Dutch oncost (expenses, overhead), equivalent to un- +‎ cost. Cognate with German Unkost (expenses).

NounEdit

oncost (plural oncosts)

  1. Additional costs; extra expenses.
  2. (finance) Overhead (expense)
  3. (coal-mining) The cost of upkeep, making and maintaining shafts, roads, pumping, etc.
  4. (UK dialectal, Scotland) The indirect expenditure incurred for the purpose of increasing the productive power of organised labour.
Last modified on 16 June 2013, at 14:48