From Middle English lee, from Old English hlēo, hlēow (“shelter, protection”), from Proto-Germanic *hlewą (compare German Lee (“lee”), lau (“lukewarm”), 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; shelter; protection.
- the lee of a mountain, an island, or a ship
- Morte d'Arthure
- We lurked under lee.
- Desiring me to take shelter in his lee.
lee (not comparable)
- 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"
- to move; to make a body part, or a thing (such as a bolder), move
- To lie (tell lies).
- 1876, S[arah] R. Whitehead, “On the Wrong Coach”, in Daft Davie and Other Sketches of Scottish Life and Character, London: Hodder and Stoughton, […], OCLC 58040708, page 220:
- ‘It’s a lee,’ says the man; ‘she’s either drunk or daft.’ / ‘Me drunk, you ill-tongued vagabond!’ says my Auntie Kirsty, who couldna bear such a reproach on her good name, ‘I’m a’ but blackfasting this day from either meat or drink; you had better no meddle wi’ my character.’
- 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.