Definition of


  1. (verb, consumption) practice teetotalism and abstain from the consumption of alcoholic beverages
  2. (adj, all) practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages
    no thank you; I happen to be teetotal

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Synonyms of Teetotal


Alternate forms of Teetotal

Derivations: teetotaller

Hypernyms: abstain, desist, refrain

Origin of the word Teetotal

  1. "pledged to total abstinence from intoxicating drink," 1834, possibly formed from total with a reduplication of the initial T- for emphasis (T-totally "totally," not in an abstinence sense, is recorded in Kentucky dialect from 1832 and is possibly older in Irish-Eng.). The use in temperance jargon was first noted Sept. 1833 in a speech advocating total abst… more

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