[ teez ]
/ tiz /


a river in N England, flowing E along the boundary between Durham and Yorkshire to the North Sea. 70 miles (113 km) long.


Discover The Influence Of Portuguese On English Via This Quiz!
We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

Definition for tees (2 of 3)

[ tee ]
/ ti /


the letter T or t.
something shaped like a T, as a three-way joint used in fitting pipes together.
the mark aimed at in various games, as curling.


having a crosspiece at the top; shaped like a T.

Origin of tee

spelling form of the letter name


tea tee

Definition for tees (3 of 3)

[ tee ]
/ ti /


  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.
Football. a device on which the ball may be placed to raise it off the ground preparatory to kicking.

verb (used with object), teed, tee·ing.

Golf. to place (the ball) on a tee.

Verb Phrases

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 of tee

First recorded in 1665–75; origin uncertain
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for tees

British Dictionary definitions for tees (1 of 4)

/ (tiːz) /


a river in N England, rising in the N Pennines and flowing southeast and east to the North Sea at Middlesbrough. Length: 113 km (70 miles)

British Dictionary definitions for tees (2 of 4)

/ (tiː) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for tees (3 of 4)

/ (tiː) golf /


Also called: teeing ground an area, often slightly elevated, from which the first stroke of a hole is made
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 or teed

(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 for tee

C17 teaz, of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for tees (4 of 4)

/ (tiː) /


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

Word Origin for tee

C18: perhaps from T-shaped marks, which may have originally been used in curling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012