Old NorseEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the root of the verb búa.

NounEdit

bœr m (genitive bœjar, plural bœir)

  1. farmhouse, farmstead
  2. farm, landed estate
  3. town

DeclensionEdit

In late Old Norse there is also an attested genitive singular biar (bíar), which has come down in Faroese as bíggjar.

DescendantsEdit

  • Old English:
    • Middle English: -by (in placenames)
      • English: -by (in placenames)
  • Faroese: bøur m, Bøur m (placename)
  • Icelandic: bær m
  • Norwegian: m, m (placename)

ReferencesEdit

  • bœr in A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, G. T. Zoëga, Clarendon Press, 1910, at Internet Archive.