American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages.
- adj. Total; absolute.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Total; complete; entire: used emphatically.
- Of, pertaining to, or for the promotion of total abstinence from intoxicating liquors: as, a teetotal society, meeting, or pledge; the teetotal cause.
- Pledged to total abstinence from intoxicating liquors.
- adj. Abstinent from alcohol, never drinking alcohol.
- adj. Opposed to the drinking of alcohol.
- adj. Total.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. colloq. Entire; total.
- adj. practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages
- v. practice teetotalism and abstain from the consumption of alcoholic beverages
- 1830s, from total, the reduplicated tee being an intensifier – “T-total”. (Wiktionary)
- Probably partly tee1 (pronunciation of the first letter in total) + total (abstinence), and partly reduplication of total. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He was an habitual drunkard, his greatest boast being that he had once been "teetotal" for”
“In was not until 1832 that at Preston under the advocacy of Joseph Livesay total abstainers first appeared, and the word "teetotal", applied to abstinence, came into general use.”
“Warpington, eleven according to the Loftus Arms, from which it issued, the owner of which was not on happy terms with his "teetotal" vicar.”
“The attempt to combine the friends of temperance on a basis of "teetotal" abstinence, putting fermented as well as distilled liquors under the ban, dates from as late as 1836.”
“Livesey started a popular temperance movement, attracting followers including John Turner, who coined the phrase "teetotal".”
“The worms, as video footage shows, also became overactive in alcohol withdrawal and showed spontaneous and deep body bends - a behaviour rarely seen in 'teetotal' worms.”
“Remember – the teetotal and the pregnant can be utilised as booze mules.”
“Harrington is famously teetotal, never having let a drop of alcohol cross his lips, so it can assumed he was speaking from the heart.”
“If Hazare himself has studiously avoided any political statements, his vision of an India of teetotal, vegetarian rural communities is, despite its roots in Gandhi's vision of rural-based development, a conservative one that appeals to India's right wing.”
“Making sure you have a teetotal driver, head south out of town on a country road called De Dekt before swinging right on the Dikkemeerweg, a tiny, cobbled lane that dips through forests and lush meadows grazed by Belgian blue cattle.”
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