Origin of tee1
Definition for tee (2 of 3)
- Also called teeing ground. the starting place, usually a hard mound of earth, at the beginning of play for each hole.
- a small wooden, plastic, metal, or rubber peg from which the ball is driven, as in teeing off.
verb (used with object), teed, tee·ing.
- Golf. to strike the ball from a tee.
- Slang. to reprimand severely; scold: He teed off on his son for wrecking the car.
- Informal. to begin: They teed off the program with a medley of songs.
- 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.
- Baseball, Softball. to hit (a pitched ball) hard and far: He teed off on a fastball and drove it into the bleachers.
- Boxing. to strike with a powerful blow, especially to the head: He teed off on his opponent with an overhand right.
- Slang. to make angry, irritated, or disgusted: She was teed off because her dinner guests were late.
Origin of tee2
Definition for tee (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for tee
The kids had a gift for him too, a tee shirt with ‘Baseball Spoken Here’ stenciled across the front.
She smirks from the side of coffee mugs, tee shirts, post cards, and books around the world.The Life of Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, the (Most Likely) Real 'Mona Lisa'|Justin Jones|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By that time, his arms were so tired from three full swings a hole that he could hardly knock the ball off the tee.
On the short seventeenth, his tee shot stopped six feet from the pin.
Watts does a good, blushing sideways glance and has her flat upper class intonations off to a tee.Princess Diana Was the Girlfriend From Hell. Why Is This Movie So Boring?|Tina Brown|November 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Our tenth hole in those days was close to the club-house, and the tee was but 195 yards away—a good iron to the green.Penguin Persons & Peppermints|Walter Prichard Eaton
"Tee, tee, azy boy," and she pointed with a fat little finger to the corner of the barn floor.The Fourth Watch|H. A. Cody
Evans was wild again from the tee, his drive being sliced to the brook where he got a lie on the slaty bottom.News Writing|M. Lyle Spencer
As his eyes turned downward, Tee swung the stun-gun in an arc that ended on the back of the guard's head.Faithfully Yours|Lou Tabakow
Russell then holed his long one, which seemed to put him in a better humour, and the men started for the second tee.Fore!|Charles Emmett Van Loan
British Dictionary definitions for tee (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for tee (2 of 3)
verb tees, teeing or teed
Word Origin for tee
British Dictionary definitions for tee (3 of 3)
Word Origin for tee
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.