Origin of tee1
- 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
Examples from the Web for tees
Tees is one of those streams—the “silly few”—which owe a divided allegiance, watering two counties at once.
And there beneath us glisten the shining curves of the Tees.
These "carved boards" were no doubt of the same sort as the tees or teehees described by the two Forsters.The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead|James George Frazer
The hoppers are well provided with stiffening angles and tees, and the capacity of each is about 80 cubic feet.The New York Subway|Anonymous
A small patch of Silurian occurs near Cronkley on the Tees; here slate pencils were formerly made.
verb tees, teeing or teed
Word Origin for tee
Word Origin 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.