In golf, a tee is the small wooden support off of which you hit a golf ball. The word tee is also used more generally for the area of a golf course where you begin a match.

Other sports that use a tee include tee ball, American football, and rugby—each of these tees is significantly larger than a golf tee. As a verb, tee means "hit off of a tee," and in golf you "tee off" when play begins. Besides its Scottish origin, not much is known about where this word comes from. Informally, when you're teed off at someone, you're really angry.

Primary Meanings of tee

a short peg put into the ground to hold a golf ball off the ground
place on a tee
connect with a tee
Full Definitions of tee

n a short peg put into the ground to hold a golf ball off the ground

golf tee
Type of:
golf equipment
sports equipment used in playing golf
nog, peg
a wooden pin pushed or driven into a surface

n support holding a football on end and above the ground preparatory to the kickoff

football tee
Type of:
any device that bears the weight of another thing

n the starting place for each hole on a golf course

“they were waiting on the first tee
teeing ground
Type of:
land site, site
the piece of land on which something is located (or is to be located)

v place on a tee

tee golf balls”
tee up
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

v connect with a tee

tee two pipes”
Type of:
connect, link, link up, tie
connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces

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