As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
- adv. with pain and toil; e-t horfir ~, it looks hard; búa ~ við e-n, to treat one harshly; varð mér þar ~st um, there I met with the greatest difficulties.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛁᚱᚠᛁᚦᛚᛁᚴᛅ
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