WA taite

'pleasure, sport, play'

(Modern English )


Cp. OIcel teiti 'joy, cheerfulness'; alway derived from ON. See further tayt (adj.).

PGmc Ancestor


Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)

teiti 'joy, cheerfulness'
(ONP teiti (sb.))

Other Scandinavian Reflexes

Far teiti, Icel teiti

OE Cognate

cp. tāt (adj.)(only as a name element)

Phonological and morphological markers

ON /ei/ < PGmc */ai/

Summary category



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.


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