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

Definition of teetotal

1 : of, relating to, or practicing teetotalism

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

Examples of teetotal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alcohol is also forbidden, but Lukaku has always been teetotal, so this has not come as much of a problem for him. SI.com, "Romelu Lukaku Loses Significant Weight Following Strict Diet Under Antonio Conte," 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, "Washington adulteryCan Donald Trump work with Democrats?," 14 Sep. 2017 Pious, teetotal and painfully earnest, Aurangzeb felt the weight of his responsibilities keenly. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, "Last of the Great Mughal Emperors," 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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The first known use of teetotal was in 1834

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Cite this Entry

“Teetotal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teetotal. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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