- a river in N England, flowing E along the boundary between Durham and Yorkshire to the North Sea. 70 miles (113 km) long.
- 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.
- to a tee. T, t(def 6).
- 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.
- 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.
- tee off,
- 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.
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- a mark used as a target in certain games such as curling and quoits
n.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.