Origin of team

before 900; Middle English teme (noun), Old English tēam child-bearing, brood, offspring, set of draft beasts; cognate with Dutch toom bridle, reins, German Zaum, Old Norse taumr
Related formsin·ter·team, adjectiveun·der·teamed, adjectiveun·teamed, adjective

Synonyms for team

Usage note

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Examples from the Web for teaming

Contemporary Examples of teaming

Historical Examples of teaming

  • Therefore, meeting and teaming up with Dennis had been a big break.

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

  • There's no teaming to be done this morning, and he shall take the pump there in the wagon.

    Reels and Spindles

    Evelyn Raymond

  • What for did you want to give him the job of teaming, Mahooley?

    The Huntress

    Hulbert Footner

  • And he could do better, in this way, he thought, even after paying for teaming them to the cars.

    The Village Convict

    Heman White Chaplin

  • They gave an outsider a third to open the mine, and they went on teaming.

    Roughing It

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for teaming


noun (sometimes functioning as plural)

a group of people organized to work together
a group of players forming one of the sides in a sporting contest
two or more animals working together to pull a vehicle or agricultural implement
such animals and the vehiclethe coachman riding his team
dialect a flock, herd, or brood
obsolete ancestry


(when intr, often foll by up) to make or cause to make a teamhe teamed George with Robert
(tr) US and Canadian to drag or transport in or by a team
(intr) US and Canadian to drive a team

Word Origin for team

Old English team offspring; related to Old Frisian tām bridle, Old Norse taumr chain yoking animals together, Old High German zoum bridle
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Word Origin and History for teaming



1550s, "to harness beasts in a team," from team (n.). The meaning "to come together as a team" (usually with up) is attested from 1932. Related: Teamed; teaming.



Old English team "set of draft animals yoked together," from Proto-Germanic *taumaz (cf. Old Norse taumr, Old Frisian tam, Dutch toom, Old High German zoum, German Zaum "bridle"), probably literally "that which draws," from *taugmaz "action of drawing," from series *taukh-, *tukh-, *tug-, represented by Old English togian "to pull, drag" (see tow), from PIE *deuk- "pull" (related to Latin ducere "to lead;" see duke (n.)). Applied to people in Old English, especially "group of people acting together to bring suit." Team spirit is recorded from 1928. Team player attested from 1886, originally in baseball.

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