Definition of teak in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Hard durable timber used in shipbuilding and for making furniture.

    • ‘Some furniture, such as teak benches, cedar chairs and wrought iron table sets are designed so that they can be left in the elements year round.’
    • ‘Tents are essentially small stately homes under canvas - teak furniture, proper beds, flush WCs, bucket showers, laundry service.’
    • ‘There was a time when outdoor furniture was either teak, aluminum, or plastic.’
    • ‘The highest quality teak furniture will also be fully machine made.’
    • ‘Each comes with sleek teak Indonesian furniture, delicate bronze detailing, beautiful Tibetan rugs and Thai silk furnishings.’
    • ‘Many of the ceilings were originally of New Zealand timbers such as teak and mansonia, some of which have now been covered up with false fibreglass ceilings.’
    • ‘And those willing to pay a little more, say 10-15 per cent, can get furniture made of pure teak, for a good bargain.’
    • ‘The caravan interiors seemed to be stuck in a 1960s time warp, with pink velvet seats, patterned carpets and lots of teak furniture.’
    • ‘Wood benches made from hardwood such as teak, redwood, mahogany, or cedar can stay outside year-round.’
    • ‘Gone are the days when the rich, particularly the nouveau-rich, went in for traditional furniture in teak and stuff like that.’
    • ‘It is in good decorative order, and features include timber floors, new teak sash windows, a restored chapel, and a new roof.’
    • ‘With evidence like that, it's not at all hard to see why teak is commonly used in the construction, shipbuilding, and outdoor furniture industry.’
    • ‘Designed to blend in with the natural environment, this kind of outdoor furniture is usually constructed from hardy, durable woods like teak or redwood.’
    • ‘Interestingly, all her designs come in mahogany, which Baseera describes as strong and durable as teak or rose.’
    • ‘To the right is a large kitchen with terracotta tiled floor, vaulted timber ceiling and teak windows set into exterior walls that are at least 3 feet thick.’
    • ‘Gone are the days when valuable timber like rosewood and teak were considered predominant for construction works and furniture making.’
    • ‘At the custom level, tropical hardwoods such as teak and mahogany doors are also possible.’
    • ‘Sometimes, outdoor teak furniture might even develop some tiny hairline cracks on the surface.’
    • ‘Holmes had a granite chin and was as durable as teak.’
    • ‘The 2 monks carved in teak donated by Deva Furniture & Art Objects was bought by Kevin Smith for 10,000 baht.’
  • 2The large deciduous tree native to India and SE Asia which yields teak.

    • ‘Many of the islands are mountainous and heavily forested with teak, ebony, and sandalwood.’
    • ‘On their left was the sugar cane plantation, stretching as far as the eye could see, and on their right was a teak forest, which was the Udawalawa sanctuary.’
    • ‘Tip-toe through the teak trees: Lou is experimenting with rotating sheep through the lots for easy grass and weed maintenance.’
    • ‘The Page report logically proposed that only Dolfwood and Rhodesian teak be harvested for timber.’
    • ‘The company Haritha Plantations had come up about a decade ago with an aim to grow teaks and mangium in barren lands he bought at Palghat and Thenmala in Kerala and Kuttalam and Pattakurichi in Tamil Nadu.’
    • ‘At the end of a dirt road, on a rickety bus parked in a teak grove, Tchomi-Kandi Mondja keeps her eyes on a small jar of liquid.’
    • ‘Rio Claro is in the interior and on the fringe of the teak forest.’
    • ‘The entire nation's economy has been redirected to felling acres of teak trees and converting the lumber to sticks to hold placards.’
    • ‘A teak tree exporter called police after a man purporting to be a football player on the Thai national team left her broke and stranded here in Pattaya.’
    • ‘Where was the teak with its thousand arms spread out?’
    • ‘Fortunately there are plenty of other deck-worthy trees in the forest, among them teak, Western red cedar, redwood, and mahogany.’
    • ‘The region's forests of mahogany and teak are highly prized.’
    • ‘The wood of the tree is as hard as that of the teak and yet very light.’
    • ‘Only if teak trees reached a certain size could they be harvested.’


Late 17th century: from Portuguese teca, from Tamil and Malayalam tēkku.