tee, n. & v.
1 Golf a a cleared space from which a golf ball is struck at the beginning of play for each hole. b a small support of wood or plastic from which a ball is struck at a tee.
2 a mark aimed at in bowls, quoits, curling, etc.
--v.tr. (tees, teed) (often foll. by up) Golf place (a ball) on a tee ready to strike it.
1 Golf play a ball from a tee.
2 colloq. start, begin.
earlier (17th-c.) teaz, of unkn. orig.: in sense 2 perh. = TEE(1)