'pleasure, sport, play'(Modern English )
Cp. OIcel teiti 'joy, cheerfulness'; alway derived from ON. See further tayt (adj.).
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
teiti 'joy, cheerfulness'
(ONP teiti (sb.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Far teiti, Icel teiti
cp. tāt (adj.)(only as a name element)
Phonological and morphological markers
ON /ei/ < PGmc */ai/
MED's handful of citations of the sb. are exclusively N: otherwise only c1440(?a1400) Perceval (Thrn) and WA. See also tayt (adj.).
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus
Cl 889, 935; WA 1208, 3979
The MS reads <tyt> at Cl 935, which Anderson (935n) and Olsen follow Menner in plausibly emending to *tayt, ascribing the error to influence from the phrase as tyt 'at once' (see 935n). This provides a better sense than the MS reading, which requires a hapax legomenon, but in defence of maintaining it, see Vant.