tees; teed; teeing

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.

Definitions of tee
  1. noun
    a short peg put into the ground to hold a golf ball off the ground
    synonyms: golf tee
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    type of:
    golf equipment
    sports equipment used in playing golf
    nog, peg
    a wooden pin pushed or driven into a surface
  2. noun
    support holding a football on end and above the ground preparatory to the kickoff
    synonyms: football tee
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    type of:
    any device that bears the weight of another thing
  3. noun
    the starting place for each hole on a golf course
    “they were waiting on the first tee
    synonyms: teeing ground
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    type of:
    land site, site
    the piece of land on which something is located (or is to be located)
  4. verb
    place on a tee
    tee golf balls”
    synonyms: tee up
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    type of:
    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  5. verb
    connect with a tee
    tee two pipes”
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    type of:
    connect, link, link up, tie
    connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces
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