tee

1 of 3

noun (1)

1
: the letter t
2
: something shaped like a capital T
3
informal : t-shirt
wearing a cotton tee
4
: a mark aimed at in various games (such as curling)

tee

2 of 3

noun (2)

1
a
: a small mound or a peg on which a golf ball is placed before being struck at the beginning of play on a hole
b
: a device for holding a football in position for kicking
c
: an adjustable post on which a ball is placed for batting (as in T-ball)
2
: the area from which a golf ball is struck at the beginning of play on a hole

tee

3 of 3

verb

teed; teeing

transitive verb

: to place (a ball) on a tee
often used with up
Phrases
to a tee
: exactly, precisely
the description fit her to a tee

Examples of tee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
And to finish off his worst first nine at the Masters, Woods again missed the fairway off the tee, again found a bunker and again walked away with a bogey. Dave Skretta, The Denver Post, 14 Apr. 2024 Battling to maintain his early lead during a windswept second round at the 88th edition of the major, trouble looked to be brewing for the big-hitting American when his tee drive at the par-five 13th hole skewed right into the woods beside the fairway. Jack Bantock, CNN, 13 Apr. 2024 Six-foot-8 amateur Christo Lamprecht stepped up to his second tee shot, his Gumby-like arms bending in what looked like the most unnatural position. Jordan Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 12 Apr. 2024 Those are arranged around every accessible tee box and green. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2024 The home borders the Menlo Country Club with views of the No. 2 green and No. 3 tee. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 11 Apr. 2024 While most gentlemen sported the local casual cocktail party standard of dark suits, tees and trainers, others flaunted colorful tailored suits, albeit with T-shirts and trainers. Merle Ginsberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Apr. 2024 The blouse fits like a classic tee but has ruffled sleeves to set it apart from your current collection. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 27 Mar. 2024 Special edition magazines and pristine tees from previous eras are some of the grails offered at this Bed-Stuy shop founded by Kiyanna Stewart and Jannah Handy. Essence, 29 Mar. 2024
Verb
Speaking to the media 20 hours before teeing it up in his first official PGA Tour event in 10 months, Tiger Woods expressed optimism about his health and his game. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Now, analysts believe another hike is coming this year, and Netflix has already been teeing this up previously. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Charlie, who won a state championship with his Palm Beach high school golf teammates in November, will tee it up Thursday in Hobe Sound, Florida, at one of four pre-qualifying sites, according to the PGA Tour website. David Close, CNN, 22 Feb. 2024 Instead of tee boxes, there is one vast teeing area on each hole with the back and front marked, in many cases well over 100-yards long, and the player who won the previous hole gets to decide where to tee it up. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Victoria Beckham first launched the slogan tees back in November as a good-natured way of poking fun at herself. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 30 Jan. 2024 The scenario that led him to San Diego, so soon after teeing it up in Asia, surely ranks near the top of that list. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Jan. 2024 Think of an expert who’s a psychologist for your career, someone who’s paid a retainer for a period of time to tee you up for long-term success. Phil Blair, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2023 Christmas and Chanukah vibes are heavy this week on the pro golf calendar with major champions partnering up with a family member (think Tiger Woods playing with his son Charlie and Nelly Korda teeing it up with her dad Petr) but what fans really want this holiday season is a unified top circuit. Mike Dojc, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English

Noun (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1673, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tee was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tee. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

tee

1 of 3 noun
1
: the letter t
2
: something shaped like a capital T

tee

2 of 3 noun
1
a
: a small peg on which a golf ball is set to be struck
b
: an adjustable post on which a ball is placed for batting (as in T-ball)
2
: the area from which a golf ball is struck in starting play on a hole

tee

3 of 3 verb
teed; teeing
: to place on a tee
teed up the ball

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