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
Historical Examples of tees
No soul so serene as that of the golfer as he tees the ball on a bright October morning.The Spirit of the Links
A few minutes later we cross the Tees itself and are in Middleton.Motor tours in Yorkshire
Mrs. Rodolph Stawell
"Deira" (the land between the Tees and the Humber), said the merchant.Bell's Cathedrals: The Church of St. Martin Canterbury
C. F. Routledge
The tug was accordingly cast off at the mouth of the Tees, and we made sail.Yachting Vol. 1
Even princes and potentates drive off the tees and struggle in the bunkers.In Vanity Fair
Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
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.