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[tee] /ti/
noun
1.
the letter T or t.
2.
something shaped like a T , as a three-way joint used in fitting pipes together.
3.
4.
5.
the mark aimed at in various games, as curling.
adjective
6.
having a crosspiece at the top; shaped like a T .
Idioms
7.
to a tee. T, t (def 6).
Origin of tee1
spelling form of the letter name
Can be confused
tea, tee.

tee2

[tee] /ti/
noun
1.
Golf.
  1. Also called teeing ground. the starting place, usually a hard mound of earth, at the beginning of play for each hole.
  2. a small wooden, plastic, metal, or rubber peg from which the ball is driven, as in teeing off.
2.
Football. a device on which the ball may be placed to raise it off the ground preparatory to kicking.
verb (used with object), teed, teeing.
3.
Golf. to place (the ball) on a tee.
Verb phrases
4.
tee off,
  1. Golf. to strike the ball from a tee.
  2. Slang. to reprimand severely; scold:
    He teed off on his son for wrecking the car.
  3. Informal. to begin:
    They teed off the program with a medley of songs.
  4. Baseball, Softball. to make many runs and hits, especially extra-base hits:
    teeing off for six runs on eight hits, including three doubles and a home run.
  5. Baseball, Softball. to hit (a pitched ball) hard and far:
    He teed off on a fastball and drove it into the bleachers.
  6. Boxing. to strike with a powerful blow, especially to the head:
    He teed off on his opponent with an overhand right.
  7. Slang. to make angry, irritated, or disgusted:
    She was teed off because her dinner guests were late.
Origin
First recorded in 1665-75; origin uncertain

TEE

or T-E-E

1.
Trans-Europe Express.
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  • tee shots and approaches must be played well, and at the very first green the hint is given that the short game must be well done.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
  • It is sufficient to say now that, when we reached the seventeenth tee, I was one up.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • They might see him top his first tee shot and be three strokes to the bad on the first green.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
  • "He's waiting at the first tee," said Jimmie, and he averted his face.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • Joe Bowhan hates to have any one moving about the tee when he is setting himself to drive.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
British Dictionary definitions for tee

tee1

/tiː/
noun
1.
a pipe fitting in the form of a letter T, used to join three pipes
2.
a metal section with a cross section in the form of a letter T, such as a rolled-steel joist
3.
any part or component shaped like a T

tee2

/tiː/
noun
1.
Also called teeing ground. an area, often slightly elevated, from which the first stroke of a hole is made
2.
a support for a golf ball, usually a small wooden or plastic peg, used when teeing off or in long grass, etc
verb tees, teeing, teed
3.
when intr, often foll by up. to position (the ball) ready for striking, on or as if on a tee
See also tee off
Word Origin
C17 teaz, of unknown origin

tee3

/tiː/
noun
1.
a mark used as a target in certain games such as curling and quoits
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from T-shaped marks, which may have originally been used in curling
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Word Origin and History for tee
n.

in golf, 1721, back-formation from teaz (1673), taken as a plural; a Scottish word of uncertain origin. The original form was a little heap of sand. The verb meaning "place a ball on a golf tee" is recorded from 1673; figurative sense of "to make ready" (usually with up) is recorded from 1938. Teed off in the figurative sense of "angry, annoyed" is first recorded 1953, probably as a euphemism for p(iss)ed off.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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