teetotal

adjective
tee·​to·​tal | \ ˈtē-ˈtō-tᵊl How to pronounce teetotal (audio) , -ˌtō- \

Definition of teetotal

1 : of, relating to, or practicing teetotalism

Other Words from teetotal

teetotally \ ˈtē-​ˈtō-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce teetotal (audio) , -​ˌtō-​ \ adverb

Examples of teetotal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the pandemic spurred many, like Ms. Cliffe, to alter habits, Britain’s teetotal movement has risen steadily since the turn of the millennium. Shafi Musaddique, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Jan. 2022 According to the latest data from the Australian Institue of Health And Welfare, this makes Jenine one of a growing number of people who are teetotal. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, 10 Jan. 2022 Alcohol is also forbidden, but Lukaku has always been teetotal, so this has not come as much of a problem for him. SI.com, 30 Aug. 2019 The adulation heaped on the deal by those who usually excoriate him reportedly thrilled the president, a teetotal non-smoker whose chief addiction is praise. The Economist, 14 Sep. 2017 Pious, teetotal and painfully earnest, Aurangzeb felt the weight of his responsibilities keenly. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, 28 July 2017

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First Known Use of teetotal

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for teetotal

total + total (abstinence)

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“Teetotal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teetotal. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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