Definitions and meaning of lee
- IPA(key): /liː/
- Rhymes: -iː
- Homophones: lea, Lea, Lee, leigh, Leigh, li, Li, Lie
From Middle English lee, from Old English hlēo, hlēow (“shelter, protection”), from Proto-Germanic *hlewą (compare German Lee (“lee”), Swedish lä, Danish læ, Norwegian le, Old Norse hlé, Dutch lij), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱelh₁- (compare Welsh clyd (“warm, cozy”), Latin calēre (“to warm up”), Lithuanian šiltas (“warm, pleasant”), Sanskrit शरद् (śarad, “autumn”)).
lee (plural lees)
- (sailing) A protected cove or harbor, out of the wind.
- (sailing) The side of the ship away from the wind.
- A sheltered place, especially a place protected from the wind by some object; the side sheltered from the wind (see also leeside); shelter; protection.
- the lee of a mountain, an island, or a ship
- (Can we date this quote?), Malory, Morte d'Arthure
- We lurked under lee.
- 1873, John Tyndall, "Niagara", in Fragments of Science (1907), page 182
- Desiring me to take shelter in his lee.
- 1922 , James Joyce, Ulysses, chapter V:
- He turned into Cumberland street and, going on some paces, halted in the lee of the station wall. No-one.
- (geology) stoss
- (nautical) weather, windward
lee (not comparable)
- (sailing, geology) Facing away from the flow of a fluid, usually air.
- lee side, lee shore, lee helm
- (obsolete) Lees; dregs.
- (Can we date this quote by Young and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
- A thousand demons lurk within the lee.
- Lee in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)
- lee at OneLook Dictionary Search
- lee in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
- Tomoyuki Yabe, The Morphosyntax of Complex Verbal Expressions in the Horn of Africa (2007), which cites Hayward (1976) as the source of a usex lee fax-te "the water boiled"
- Mohamed Hassan Kamil (2015) L’afar: description grammaticale d’une langue couchitique (Djibouti, Erythrée et Ethiopie), Paris: Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (doctoral thesis).
- Crosbie, Paul, ed. (2007), Kriol-Inglish Dikshineri: English-Kriol Dictionary. Belize City: Belize Kriol Project, p. 212.
< Swedish lä (“lee”)
- IPA(key): /ˈleː/, [ˈle̞ː]
- Rhymes: -eː
- Syllabification: lee
- (nautical) lee (side of the ship away from the wind)
- (nautical) lee (place protected from the wind by some object)
- (side of ship): suojanpuoli
- second-person singular imperative of leeën
- To lie; to speak falsely.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
lee (present tense leer, past tense lea or leet, past participle lea or leet)
- to move; to make a body part, or a thing (such as a bolder), move
- “lee” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- “lee” in Det Norske Akademis ordbok (NAOB).
lee (present tense lear, past tense lea, past participle lea, passive infinitive least, present participle leande, imperative le)
- Alternative form of lea
lee (third-person singular present lees, present participle leein, past leet, past participle leet)
- To lie (tell lies).
- Informal second-person singular (tú) affirmative imperative form of leer.
- Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of leer.
- Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of leer.
lee class 5 (plural mae)
- (Scots) to lie, make a false statement.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)