Main definitions of tee in English

: tee1tee2tee3

tee1

noun

  • see T (sense 2)

Pronunciation

tee

/tē//ti/

Main definitions of tee in English

: tee1tee2tee3

tee2

noun

  • 1A cleared space on a golf course, from which the ball is struck at the beginning of play for each hole.

    • ‘The way the course is set up can also place a premium on working the tee shot.’
    • ‘His first tee shot on Thursday went straight into the crowd.’
    • ‘We are going to lengthen these two holes by adding new tees and repositioning the bunkers.’
    • ‘Guests can also access their e-mail and even see, via a webcam, how busy the first tee on the golf course is.’
    • ‘Suddenly on the third hole, you are forced you to hit a tee shot from one peninsular to another, and the water you were admiring becomes your most perilous obstacle.’
    • ‘He kept playing, but after hitting his tee shot on the sixth, he had to withdraw.’
    • ‘His tee shot landed in the right-hand bunker and his first attempt at escape rolled back to his feet.’
    • ‘The 14-year-old, who is aiming to be a professional golfer, has a full-size practice green, including a choice of tees, five holes and even bunkers.’
    • ‘With less than two weeks before the first tee shot is struck, the details remained sketchy.’
    • ‘Believe me, the game is a lot easier when your tee shots consistently find the short grass.’
    • ‘He has already taken his tee shot at the first hole and the injury is clearly hampering his swing.’
    • ‘Many times golf course tees and greens are constructed with materials such as calcareous sands that might require special testing.’
    • ‘The last club I hit is the one I'm planning to use for my tee shot on the first hole of the day.’
    • ‘Golfers who hit their first tee shot out into the woods are not ecstatic about it.’
    • ‘People who'd see us on the practice tee thought we were fighting.’
    • ‘To maximize the length of your tee shots, learn how to make contact with the ball on the upswing.’
    • ‘The ground stretches away from an elevated tee towards a small lake.’
    • ‘Golf carts on the tee can make ruts in the ground that can be difficult for the ground staff to repair.’
    • ‘One summer, a friend of mine was talking with him near the upper tee on the third hole.’
    1. 1.1 A small peg with a concave head that can be placed in the ground to support a golf ball before it is struck.
      • ‘Stick another tee in the ground an inch beyond the toe and a third of an inch inside the heel.’
      • ‘You can also assemble a basket of goodies; for example, if you know the prospect is a golfer, throw in some golf balls, a glove, tees, and a gift certificate for a local course.’
      • ‘Place two tees in the ground about six inches apart, as shown above, with the one closer to you three inches closer to the target.’
      • ‘Next, place a second tee in the ground six inches in front of the ball you've teed.’
      • ‘If you try to get the ball up with a scoop, you won't be able to get the tee out of the ground.’
      • ‘Stick a tee into the ground on an angle, so that the top of it rests just behind the target side of the ball.’
      • ‘You're probably better off experimenting with loft angles, low-spinning balls and longer tees to get the ideal trajectory.’
      • ‘Eliot also selected a golf ball and, for good measure, a tee.’
      • ‘Rick stuck the tee into the grass and set the golf ball on top.’
      • ‘I always brought along small cups of water to dampen the clay, so I could get a tee in the ground.’
      • ‘As he does so, two tees fall out of his shirt pocket onto the ground.’
      • ‘For example; if the man you are sending flowers to is a golfer, your personal florist may want to add golf balls or tees to the arrangement.’
      • ‘In fact, take some popcorn to the practice tee and alternate hitting golf balls and pieces of popcorn.’
      • ‘Apparently, it is an easily seen landmark, as it looks like a giant golf ball sitting on an enormous tee.’
      • ‘It was hard to bend over to put the tee in the ground, too, but I figured it out.’
      • ‘Too steep a swing path may often smash you tees into the ground.’
      • ‘A good drill for the practice green is to lay down tees beyond the hole and putt to them.’
      • ‘First, put two tees in the ground - one where the ball would be and another six inches ahead of the first.’
      • ‘Golf is more than knocking a ball off a tee and into a hole.’
      • ‘Stick a tee halfway into the ground and stand at address as if a ball were there.’
    2. 1.2American Football A small stand on which the ball is placed for a kickoff.
      • ‘Utilization of the football tee will facilitate kickoff practice.’
      • ‘The "kickoff kid" is responsible for removing the tee from the field after each Broncos kickoff.’
      • ‘This football tee is weighted for stability.’
    3. 1.3US A waist-high or higher stand used in tee-ball to hold a baseball before it is hit with a bat.
      • ‘The batting tee should be situated about 3 feet behind home plate.’
      • ‘This is a nice practice batting tee for little kids.’
      • ‘When using a conventional batting tee, players tend to lunge forward, on top of their front leg.’
  • 2A mark aimed at in lawn bowling, quoits, curling, and other similar games.

    • ‘Nowadays the curling 'tee' is the line through the centre of the 'house' in curling and is in fact the target not the release line, which is the 'hog' line.’
    • ‘Two men played two quoits each against each other throwing them a distance of 18 yards, in aiming the quoit he was assisted by a "leader in" who crouched behind the tee holding a piece of paper.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]usually tee up" or "tee something up
Golf
  • 1Place the ball on a tee ready to make the first stroke of the round or hole.

    ‘he had not missed a par as he teed up for the last hole’
    with object ‘she fished in her pocket for a ball and teed it’
    • ‘The first came on the 204-yard 10th hole, when Jack teed up with his driver and hit his ball in the cup.’
    • ‘Then Bob teed up his ball and aimed to the right, directly toward the trees that flanked the fairway.’
    • ‘With the ball teed and using a 6-iron, hit practice shots while letting your arms go slack at the top and again on the finish.’
    • ‘Next, place a second tee in the ground six inches in front of the ball you've teed.’
    • ‘He then teed up his ball… and duck-hooked it right into the side of his own house.’
    1. 1.1with object (especially in soccer) place or move the ball into position to be struck by another player.
      ‘McKenzie was teed up perfectly 16 yards from goal by Samuel’
      ‘he teed up the ball for a shot on goal’
      • ‘Toward the cape, a shining white radar dome was teed up on top of the gumdrop mountain.’
      • ‘Today there's an apple, a smug looking egg teed up in a cup.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • tee off

    • 1Play the ball from a tee; begin a round or hole of golf.

      ‘we spend ten minutes practicing putting before we tee off’
      • ‘Batting in softball, teeing off in golf and hitting a forehand in tennis also require the type of muscle conditioning provided by this exercise.’
      • ‘The day began early at the Royal Golf Course where competitors teed off.’
      • ‘Just as the two lady golfers teed off at the tenth hole, they heard a loud bang and saw the helicopter come down over the beach and fall on the rocks.’
      • ‘With a three-shot cushion, Tiger Woods tees off at the last hole - and sends his drive straight up the middle of the fairway.’
      • ‘Last Sunday morning 23 golfers teed off in a nine hole single stroke.’
      sombre, low-spirited, downcast, sad, dejected, depressed, low, gloomy, despondent, dispirited, disheartened, forlorn, woebegone
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      1. 1.1informal Make a start on something.
        • ‘Let's tee off to a good start.’
  • tee someone off

    • Make someone angry or annoyed.

      ‘Tommy was really teed off at Ernie’
      • ‘One thing that really tees me off about the tournament, especially in the early rounds is you can't watch the game that you really want.’
      • ‘So I am teed off at Buster the bunny because this is all his fault.’
      • ‘It was one of those things that tees you off, and I responded to that.’
      • ‘I wasn't teed off I was exceedingly infuriated.’
      irate, annoyed, cross, vexed, irritated, exasperated, indignant, aggrieved, irked, piqued, displeased, provoked, galled, resentful
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  • tee off on someone/something

    • Sharply attack someone or something.

      ‘he will tee off on conservative politicians’
      ‘Chang teed off on his opponent's serve’
      • ‘Andrew and Mickey are teeing off on John.’
      • ‘If you're off by a hair, the batter will tee off on you.’
      • ‘That includes criticism from the Red Sox, who took turns teeing off on him earlier this spring.’
      • ‘Unless they fix their running game, Julian and Co will tee off on Maddox.’
      • ‘And that was mainly due to a terrible cut over his eye that hindered his vision while Colin teed off on him.’
      • ‘The more efficient the running game is, the better the pass protection becomes, because the defense can't tee off on Carr.’
      • ‘Without Hambrick being effective, the Panthers will tee off on Carter.’
      • ‘After reading this quote, I teed off on Smith, believing his words to be at odds with what's on screen in his new motion picture.’
      • ‘Norton's jab proved difficult for Ali to penetrate and his pressing style never allowed Ali to tee off on Norton.’
      • ‘There is one reason to tee off on her friends, and that's when they do the jealous stab in the back.’

Pronunciation

tee

/tē//ti/

Main definitions of tee in English

: tee1tee2tee3

tee3

noun

informal
  • A T-shirt.

    • ‘Get a few pairs of nice, washed dark denim jeans, a stylish cut dark blazer or sportcoat, a few pinstripe dress shirts, some tees with prints, a pair of stylish black shoes, and a black belt.’
    • ‘In addition to boards, the collection, which has a modern Japanese artsy look, includes hoodie sweatshirts, tees, tanks, and skating paraphernalia.’
    • ‘He wore baggy green pants and a flannel checkered shirt over a white tee.’
    • ‘He was wearing some faded jeans and a vintage tee with a hat.’
    • ‘Close-fitting tees and tanks with loose pants work best.’
    • ‘Her long black hair was pulled back in a neat pony tail, and her striped tee with khaki capris told me one thing - today would be an adventure.’
    • ‘On any normal day, jeans and a tee would suit her fine.’
    • ‘The tee can be found virtually anywhere, at any department store or retail store.’
    • ‘Call them T-shirts, tee shirts or tees, they're still hot sellers on the trendy fashion scene.’
    • ‘I stepped out of the bathroom in light blue jeans, white tee, pale green over shirt, and socks.’
    • ‘The look that seemed to work the best with all big men was a button-down shirt left open with a coordinated tee underneath.’
    • ‘Lighter tees and shorts are giving way to heavier long-sleeve sweaters and pants as we start to bundle up and gradually prepare for winter's grueling conditions.’
    • ‘As with traditional tees, your best bet is cotton or even mesh.’
    • ‘A small logo on the chest or back of your tee is classy, subtle and will match the rest of your training gear.’
    • ‘The layering of a chunky cardigan over a thin tee is just right and not too messy.’
    • ‘He felt her hand on his chest, just above the neckline of his tee.’
    • ‘The trendsetting active wear includes velour sweat suits, tees, shorts, tank dresses and jeans.’
    • ‘Anything from a simple tee to a dressy blouse will work as long as it's fitted and cropped at the waist for a smooth fit.’
    • ‘I was running late one morning and quickly threw on a tee and capris.’
    • ‘In concession to the October morning chill, she slipped a worn flannel shirt on over the tee.’

Pronunciation

tee

/tē//ti/