intransitive verb \ˈtāv\

Definition of tave

dialectal, British

  1. :  to thrash or toss wildly :  struggle

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Origin and Etymology of tave

Middle English taven, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian tava to toil fruitlessly

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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