from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun One who abstains completely from alcoholic beverages.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One who more or less formally pledges or binds himself to entire abstinence from intoxicating liquors, unless medically prescribed; a total abstainer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun One pledged to entire abstinence from all intoxicating drinks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun US A person who completely
abstainsfrom alcoholic beverages.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a total abstainer
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Apparently, down the rabbit hole with Alice where only a teetotaler is good enough to be called serious on drunk driving, or a Democrat, or someone who thinks a one time no harm incident is a death sentence.
There are always plenty of people to sneer at the teetotaler; people who make money out of drink naturally do so; people who drink themselves naturally do so; the unmarried girl may do so, thinking that the teetotaler is a prig and not quite a man.
Eagle Creek could not justly be called a teetotaler; but Pink had never known him to get worse than a bit wobbly in his legs; his mind had never fogged perceptibly.
"I am hardly what you would call a teetotaler, gentlemen," said
Among my reasons for becoming a teetotaler was a desire to induce others to do so, who seemed to me to be likely, if they continued to use intoxicating drinks, to become drunkards.
I'd meant to ascend as a boozefarian, but clicked "teetotaler" instead.
The rapper, a teetotaler, said he drinks energy drinks before or after workouts, and when he's in the studio.
He was both alcoholic and teetotaler, depending upon the time period.
While eyeing the menu on their first date, at an Italian restaurant, she was relieved when he asked whether she wanted some wine, which she took as a sign that "he was not a teetotaler and he's not rigid."
They were a joy, though Gerald got a headache from the fumes which he a teetotaler likened to a hangover.