- the letter T
- something shaped like
An example of tee used as an adjective is in the phrase "tee pancakes," which means pancakes made in the shape of the letter.
An example of tee, or tee up, is to place a golf ball on a small peg with a concave top that holds the golf ball.
Origin of teefrom tee: the mark was origin, originally -shaped
Origin of teeprobably contr. from Scottish dialect, dialectal teaz ( from uncertain or unknown; perhaps ), but now associated, association with tee in form and sense
intransitive verbteed, tee′ing
transitive verbteed, tee·ing, tees
Origin of teeBack-formation from obsolete Scots teaz ( taken as a pl. )
(third-person singular simple present tees, present participle teeing, simple past teed or tow, past participle teed or town)
From Middle English teen, from Old English tÄ“on (“to pull, tug, draw, drag, entice, allure, induce, lead, bring, rear, educate, attract, arrogate, bring forth, produce, restrain, betake oneself to, go, roam"), from Proto-Germanic *teuhanÄ… (“to draw, lead, bring, pull, help"), from Proto-Indo-European *dewk- (“to pull, lead"). Cognate with Eastern Frisian tja (“to pull, draw"), Low German teen (“to draw, pull"), German ziehen (“to draw, pull, drag"), Latin dÅ«cÅ (“draw, pull, lead") and Albanian nduk (“to draw (out), pull up, pluck").
(third-person singular simple present tees, present participle teeing, simple past and past participle teed)
First attested in the 17th century with the form teaz.