‘merry, lively, agreeable; vigorous, well-grown’(Modern English )
cp. OIcel teitr ‘glad, cheerful’ (Bj. regards as distinctively OWN) < PGmc *taita-; cp. OE tāt (known only as a name element), OS tēt, OHG zeiz ‘nice, delicate’.
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
teitr ‘glad, cheerful’
(ONP Fritzner teitr (adj.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Far teitur, Icel teitur, runic Norw tAitʀ
tāt (only as a name element)
Phonological and morphological markers
ON /ei/ < PGmc */ai/
A handful of ME occurrences, mainly N and alliterative.
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus
Gaw 988, 1377; Cl 871
On the sense of Gaw 988, see PSn; on Gaw 1377, see Wright 1935: 346. Madden glosses as ‘fair, plump’ in Gaw, apparently guessing from context.