‘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’.

PGmc Ancestor


Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)

teitr ‘glad, cheerful’
(ONP Fritzner teitr (adj.))

Other Scandinavian Reflexes

Far teitur, Icel teitur, runic Norw tAitʀ

OE Cognate

tāt (only as a name element)

Phonological and morphological markers

ON /ei/ &lt; PGmc */ai/

Summary category



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.


MED tait(e (adj.) , OED tait (adj.) , HTOED , Dance tayt, Bj. 50, 283, de Vries teita (teitr), Mag. teitur, Heid. taita-, Orel *taitaz, AEW tāt