Definition of teatime in US English:



  • The time in the afternoon when tea is traditionally served.

    • ‘He set off in the afternoon and was meant to meet Margaret in the bed and breakfast at teatime but did not turn up.’
    • ‘I hope you enjoy looking back through the teatimes of your childhood.’
    • ‘By teatime on Tuesday the phone was working again but I still can't get broadband.’
    • ‘By teatime on Friday he had not received a response.’
    • ‘If we get some good ones, we may run a couple of the others on the teatime programme that day too.’
    • ‘And the partners hope the famous teatime treat will back on store shelves next month.’
    • ‘Until teatime, yesterday was a day without parallel for Europe's golfers in the first major championship of the year.’
    • ‘These can even be stored in an airtight container and served later as a teatime snack.’
    • ‘At least I had missed the worst of the teatime traffic.’
    • ‘If you are partial to a Sunday teatime serial that unfolds on a dark winter's night then this is ideal viewing.’
    • ‘It sounded to me very much like a relative of the traditional boil-and-bake fruitcake, an old teatime favourite that is deliciously quick and easy to make.’
    • ‘Afternoon teatime, in particular, draws people out their offices and away from their solitary pursuits.’
    • ‘We want to speak to anyone who thinks they might have seen him or spoken to him after teatime on Wednesday.’
    • ‘This is causing chaos on the road, especially in the mornings and at teatime, and creating a huge traffic build-up.’
    • ‘Use tiered serving stands to show off your teatime delectables.’
    • ‘They met in the post office at teatime one afternoon as they were picking up their copies of the newspaper, which arrives in the village too late for morning collection.’
    • ‘Her Mediterranean vegetables with chicken and sweet potato was judged the tastiest of thousands of entries and is now a teatime treat with babies from seven months up.’
    • ‘We don't really know who'll be watching on a Saturday teatime and have even less idea which members of that unknown audience will be the people who bother to pick up the phone and vote.’
    • ‘They looked as if they were in a film, and indeed many of them were on the teatime newsreels.’
    • ‘Some teatimes, if the weather is fine, I pile the boys in the van and fry rashers overlooking the beach at Sandycove, a 15-minute-drive from the house.’