Meaning of teak in English:


Pronunciation /tiːk/

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  • 1mass noun Hard durable timber used in shipbuilding and for making furniture.

    ‘Gone are the days when valuable timber like rosewood and teak were considered predominant for construction works and furniture making.’
    • ‘Designed to blend in with the natural environment, this kind of outdoor furniture is usually constructed from hardy, durable woods like teak or redwood.’
    • ‘With evidence like that, it's not at all hard to see why teak is commonly used in the construction, shipbuilding, and outdoor furniture industry.’
    • ‘Interestingly, all her designs come in mahogany, which Baseera describes as strong and durable as teak or rose.’
    • ‘Many of the ceilings were originally of New Zealand timbers such as teak and mansonia, some of which have now been covered up with false fibreglass ceilings.’
    • ‘And those willing to pay a little more, say 10-15 per cent, can get furniture made of pure teak, for a good bargain.’
    • ‘The 2 monks carved in teak donated by Deva Furniture & Art Objects was bought by Kevin Smith for 10,000 baht.’
    • ‘Gone are the days when the rich, particularly the nouveau-rich, went in for traditional furniture in teak and stuff like that.’
    • ‘Each comes with sleek teak Indonesian furniture, delicate bronze detailing, beautiful Tibetan rugs and Thai silk furnishings.’
    • ‘Holmes had a granite chin and was as durable as teak.’
    • ‘There was a time when outdoor furniture was either teak, aluminum, or plastic.’
    • ‘At the custom level, tropical hardwoods such as teak and mahogany doors are also possible.’
    • ‘To the right is a large kitchen with terracotta tiled floor, vaulted timber ceiling and teak windows set into exterior walls that are at least 3 feet thick.’
    • ‘Some furniture, such as teak benches, cedar chairs and wrought iron table sets are designed so that they can be left in the elements year round.’
    • ‘It is in good decorative order, and features include timber floors, new teak sash windows, a restored chapel, and a new roof.’
    • ‘Wood benches made from hardwood such as teak, redwood, mahogany, or cedar can stay outside year-round.’
    • ‘Tents are essentially small stately homes under canvas - teak furniture, proper beds, flush WCs, bucket showers, laundry service.’
    • ‘The highest quality teak furniture will also be fully machine made.’
    • ‘The caravan interiors seemed to be stuck in a 1960s time warp, with pink velvet seats, patterned carpets and lots of teak furniture.’
    • ‘Sometimes, outdoor teak furniture might even develop some tiny hairline cracks on the surface.’
  • 2The large deciduous tree native to India and SE Asia that yields teak.

    Tectona grandis, family Verbenaceae

    ‘The company Haritha Plantations had come up about a decade ago with an aim to grow teaks and mangium in barren lands he bought at Palghat and Thenmala in Kerala and Kuttalam and Pattakurichi in Tamil Nadu.’
    • ‘A teak tree exporter called police after a man purporting to be a football player on the Thai national team left her broke and stranded here in Pattaya.’
    • ‘Tip-toe through the teak trees: Lou is experimenting with rotating sheep through the lots for easy grass and weed maintenance.’
    • ‘The wood of the tree is as hard as that of the teak and yet very light.’
    • ‘Where was the teak with its thousand arms spread out?’
    • ‘Fortunately there are plenty of other deck-worthy trees in the forest, among them teak, Western red cedar, redwood, and mahogany.’
    • ‘On their left was the sugar cane plantation, stretching as far as the eye could see, and on their right was a teak forest, which was the Udawalawa sanctuary.’
    • ‘At the end of a dirt road, on a rickety bus parked in a teak grove, Tchomi-Kandi Mondja keeps her eyes on a small jar of liquid.’
    • ‘Rio Claro is in the interior and on the fringe of the teak forest.’
    • ‘Only if teak trees reached a certain size could they be harvested.’
    • ‘The entire nation's economy has been redirected to felling acres of teak trees and converting the lumber to sticks to hold placards.’
    • ‘The Page report logically proposed that only Dolfwood and Rhodesian teak be harvested for timber.’
    • ‘The region's forests of mahogany and teak are highly prized.’
    • ‘Many of the islands are mountainous and heavily forested with teak, ebony, and sandalwood.’


Late 17th century from Portuguese teca, from Tamil and Malayalam tēkku.