teetotaler

noun
tee·to·tal·er | \ˈtē-ˈtō-tᵊl-ər, -ˌtō-\
variants: or teetotaller

Definition of teetotaler 

: one who practices or advocates teetotalism

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Synonyms & Antonyms for teetotaler

Synonyms

abstainer, nondrinker

Antonyms

bibber, drinker

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A person who abstains from alcohol might choose tea as his or her alternative beverage, but the word teetotaler has nothing to do with tea. More likely, the "tee" that begins the word teetotal is a reduplication of the letter "t" that begins total, emphasizing that one has pledged total abstinence. In the early 1800s, ''tee-total'' and ''tee-totally'' were used to intensify ''total'' and ''totally'' much the way we now might say, ''I'm tired with a capital T.'' ''I am now … wholly, solely, and teetotally absorbed in Wayne's business,'' wrote the folklorist Parson Weems in an 1807 letter. Teetotal and teetotaler first appeared with their current meanings in 1834, eight years after the formation of the American Temperance Society.

Examples of teetotaler in a Sentence

in a quandary about what to serve for the wedding toast since his future in-laws are teetotalers

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Like his grandson, Friedrich was a teetotaler and avoided his military service. Katrin Bennhold, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s ancestral village abounds with his relatives. Few will admit it," 3 July 2018 Like his grandson, Friedrich was a teetotaler and avoided his military service. Katrin Bennhold, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s ancestral village abounds with his relatives. Few will admit it," 3 July 2018 Kids and teetotalers can opt for mystic portal punch, which has lemon-lime and tangerine flavors with Powerade Mountain Berry Blast. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney: Comfort food fills Woody's Lunch Box at Toy Story Land," 28 June 2018 Like his grandson, Friedrich was a teetotaler and avoided his military service. Katrin Bennhold, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s ancestral village abounds with his relatives. Few will admit it," 3 July 2018 Like his grandson, Friedrich was a teetotaler and avoided his military service. Katrin Bennhold, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s ancestral village abounds with his relatives. Few will admit it," 3 July 2018 Like his grandson, Friedrich was a teetotaler and avoided his military service. Katrin Bennhold, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s ancestral village abounds with his relatives. Few will admit it," 3 July 2018 Like his grandson, Friedrich was a teetotaler and avoided his military service. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Trump’s Ancestral Village Abounds With His Relatives. Few Admit a Link.," 2 July 2018 Cruelly, the teetotaler had cancer of the liver, which was diagnosed in the winter of 1976. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "The undertaker who brought Jim Konstanty to life | Frank's Place," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of teetotaler

1834, in the meaning defined above

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tee time

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teetotalism

teetotum

tee up

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teetotaler

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English Language Learners Definition of teetotaler

: someone who never drinks alcohol

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