Assuming that this is a Scots word (i.e. not a Gaelic one) , the nearest I
can find is "taibet" (alternative spellings "tebbit", "tibit", "tapet"),
which is listed in the Scottish National Dictionary Association's "Pocket
Scots Dictionary" as a noun meaning "physical sensation, feeling; energy,
strength". (Unfortunately this dictionary doesn't give information on the
history and etymology of the word, and I don't have a larger one handy.
Perhaps someone else can come up with more detail.)
As for pronunciation, the "tai" or "tae" part is pronounced as in "tail" or
"tape", but it should be a simple short vowel sound, such as you would get
when these words are pronounced with a Scottish accent (not a diphthong, as
it is generally is in the pronunciation of English outside Scotland: i.e. it
is just "ai", not "ai-ee" - a bit like "e" acute in French).
Hope this helps,
From: Powell, Karen A. <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: 22 April 2002 21:12
Subject: HELP WITH PRONUNCIATION
>Another book has "Taebit" as the Scottish word for strong. On this one,
>we're not sure about the "ae" portion. We are considering this one for a
>great big seal brown colt.