ONP: Dictionary of Old Norse Prose

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Word

betr adv. compar. [superl. bezt/bazt; pos. → vel adv.]

Status: excerpted citation slips citation text supplemented structured definitions in Danish definitions in English

1) [við e-n] bedre, på rigtigere vis, mere venligsindet (over for ngn) better, more correct, more friendly (to sby)

   ‖ bezt  [e-rra] [við e-n] (superl.) bedst (af alle) best (of all):

 ● betr ok betr bedre og bedre, stedse bedre better and better, progressively better

 ● eigi/... betr en (svá at ...) ikke bedre end (at ...), “hverken værre eller bedre end (at ...)” not better than (that ...)

 ● er betr er heldigvis fortunately

 ● gera betr ?gøre bod og bedring ?make amends

 ● vilja betr gǫrt hafa ønske bedre/mildere afgørelse el. fastsættelse, vise nåde wish to make a milder/more lenient judgement or assessment, show mercy

 ● hafa betr/bezt  1) være i bedre/bedste position, komme bedre/bedst ud af det, vinde sejr be better/best placed, be one of the winning party, come out on top

 ● hafa betr/bezt  2) opføre sig bedre/rigtigere show better conduct, behave better

 ● sem bezt så godt som muligt, på allerbedste måde as well as possible, in the best possible way

 ● vánum betr bedre end forventet better than expected

 ● þess betr er så meget desto bedre som so much the better when/if

 ● því betr er/sem så meget desto bedre som all the more as

 ● því er betr at ... det er så heldigt at ..., heldigvis fortunately

2) hellere, snarere rather

   ‖ bezt  (superl.) helst, snarest preferably:

3) mere, længere, i tilgift more, further, longer, in addition

   ‖ betr  [e-u] (så og så meget) mere, længere (to such and such an extent) more, longer:

Form.: betr (104); bazt (43); bezt (28); betur (23); bætr (16); best (7); betvr (4); batst (4); bæter (4); bæzt (4); batz (3); bazst (3); Betr (2); bezst (2); baztst (1); beter (1); bættær (1); bettur (1); bætter (1); bez (1); betþt (1); bǿ̨zt (1); bettz (1); baz (1); batzt (1); bætʀ (1); bỏtr (1); bættr (1); betzt (1); bæztt (1); bætær (1); bestz (1); battz (1);

Gloss.: EJ item batr; ClV; Fr item bazt, bezt; Hertzb; Med bettur, item bettz; AH; AJ; deVr; NO; ÁBlM (betri); Bl item best, bezt

Genre. (expected): religious works: 57 (70); historical works: 52 (46); romances: 51 (27); family sagas: 36 (32); legal works: 31 (25); charters: 15 (20); contemporary sagas: 10 (19); legendary sagas: 7 (11); learned works: 4 (8); unclassified: 3 (1);

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