The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #79171   Message #1432232
Posted By: GUEST,Dictionary freak
11-Mar-05 - 10:54 AM
Thread Name: Banks of Green Willow
Subject: RE: Banks of Green Willow
Having checked Chambers, they give the word as of Scots derivation, alternative spelling taiver, meaning "to wander: to rave - adj: tavert (or taivert) muddles, fuddled, stupid. (cf Norwegian tava, to foil, to fumble)

Seems to me wandering/flailing or even tumbling fits the bill (which is what I always assumed it to be before I looked it up)