Pronunciation: (tē),[key] —n. 1. the letter T or t. 2. something shaped like a T,as a three-way joint used in fitting pipes together.
5. the mark aimed at in various games, as curling.
6. to a tee. See T, t (def. 6).
—adj. having a crosspiece at the top; shaped like a T.
—n. 1. Golf. a. Also called teeing ground. the starting place, usually a hard mound of earth, at the beginning of play for each hole.
b. a small wooden, plastic, metal, or rubber peg from which the ball is driven, as in teeing off.
2. Football.a device on which the ball may be placed to raise it off the ground preparatory to kicking.
—v.t. 1. Golf.to place (the ball) on a tee.
2. tee off, a. Golf.to strike the ball from a tee.
b. Slang.to reprimand severely; scold: He teed off on his son for wrecking the car. c. Informal.to begin: They teed off the program with a medley of songs. d. Baseball,Softball.to make many runs and hits, esp. extra-base hits: teeing off for six runs on eight hits, including three doubles and a home run. e. Baseball,Softball.to hit (a pitched ball) hard and far: He teed off on a fastball and drove it into the bleachers. f. Boxing.to strike with a powerful blow, esp. to the head: He teed off on his opponent with an overhand right. g. Slang.to make angry, irritated, or disgusted: She was teed off because her dinner guests were late.