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or teetotalist

[tee-toht-ler, tee-toht-] /tiˈtoʊt lər, ˈtiˌtoʊt-/
a person who abstains totally from intoxicating drink.
Also, especially British, teetotaller.
Origin of teetotaler
First recorded in 1825-35; teetotal + -er1
Related forms
nonteetotaler, noun
nonteetotalist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A man who's been wounded in the head, and isn't a teetotaller, is done for.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • Then, as if to escape the subject, was her Uncle Nicholas as rabid a teetotaller as ever?

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • He excused himself from joining us as being “almost a teetotaller.”

  • I'm a non-drinker, a teetotaller, a pop-lapper, an' a grape-juice swizzler!

    Prairie Flowers James B. Hendryx
  • Owen, being a teetotaller, did not spend any of his money on drink; but he spent a lot on what he called 'The Cause'.

  • Dear me, if I was not a teetotaller I should imagine I was drunk.

    Dodo's Daughter E. F. Benson
  • Up to the age of twenty-six she had been a teetotaller, and did not know what the taste of drink was.

  • On my inviting him to take a glass of wine, he declares himself a teetotaller.

    The Inferno August Strindberg
  • He had signed the pledge, and wore the blue ribbon of a teetotaller: he was nothing if not showy.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • "A teetotaller is so often called a fanatic in England," Mary said.

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
Word Origin and History for teetotaller



also teetotaller; agent noun from teetotal (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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