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  1. the letter T or t.
  2. something shaped like a T, as a three-way joint used in fitting pipes together.
  3. T-bar.
  4. T-shirt.
  5. the mark aimed at in various games, as curling.
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  1. having a crosspiece at the top; shaped like a T.
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  1. to a tee. T, t(def 6).
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Origin of tee1

spelling form of the letter name
Can be confusedtea tee


  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.
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verb (used with object), teed, tee·ing.
  1. Golf. to place (the ball) on a tee.
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Verb Phrases
  1. 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.
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Origin of tee2

First recorded in 1665–75; origin uncertain


or T-E-E

  1. Trans-Europe Express.
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Examples from the Web for tee

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  • There was a group of people, players and guests, awaiting me at the tee.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • They are usually solid cones, topped with a gilded 'tee,' and there are many of them.

  • "Let's sit in that car down by the first tee," Harold suggested.


    Alice Hegan Rice

  • At the eighteenth tee we were all square and hardly on speaking terms.

  • This is the merry Golf Lynx, as you see; An amiable beast, and fond of tee.

    A Phenomenal Fauna

    Carolyn Wells

British Dictionary definitions for tee


  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
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  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
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verb tees, teeing or teed
  1. (when intr, often foll by up) to position (the ball) ready for striking, on or as if on a tee
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See also tee off

Word Origin

C17 teaz, of unknown origin


  1. a mark used as a target in certain games such as curling and quoits
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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


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.

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