muta (OSw) múta (ON) noun

A bribe. Related to Gothic mōta (‘toll’). At some point múta meant a business transaction fee or gift, a sense retained in ÄVgL, where it is described as a gift of movable goods. In the Gammal Norsk Homiliebok, mútufé (‘bribe’) is listed among the deadly sins.

bribe OIce Mah 17 Kge 18
OIce Js Kvg 4
ONorw FrL Kvb 9
OSw KrL Rb
OSw MESt Kgb
OSw SdmL Kmb
OSw YVgL Add

gift OSw ÄVgL Äb, Kva Refs:

CV s.v. múta; Fritzner s.v. múta; Haubrichs 2014; KLNM s.v. huvudsynd; Lindkvist 2021, 153, n. 2; Schlyter s.v. muta

  • ‘muta’. A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law.