Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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TANTER, v., n. [′tɑntər]

I. v. To argue, dispute in a captious manner, to rage (Sc. 1887 Jam.). Also in n.Eng. dial. Cf. Tant, v., 2.

II. n. A rage, esp. in phr. to be in a tanter (Sh. 1972).

[Prob. of Scand. orig. Cf. Norw. dial. tandra, tantra, to scold, pick a quarrel. In II. the usage has been influenced by tantrum.]

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