Definition of teetotaler
: one who practices or advocates teetotalism
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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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Mr. Cheng and Mr. Lo also half-jokingly proposed an informal drinking contest, which Mr. Trump, a teetotaler, declined.
Teetotalers can pick from horchata, agua fresca and Mexican soda Jarritos, among others.
A teetotaler with a figure, that figure, which would make any slovenly dope drop the drink and turn his will over to the Lord up on high.
There are more than a dozen parent and teacher volunteers, all of whom are teetotalers who would get drunk on a single sip of hard cider.
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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.
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Definition of teetotaler for English Language Learners
: someone who never drinks alcohol
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