Old NorseEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the root of the verb búa.

NounEdit

bǿr m (genitive bǿjar, plural bǿir)

  1. farm
  2. town

DeclensionEdit

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

DescendantsEdit

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