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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for teetotaller
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  • Could any teetotaller have invented a more significant name?

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

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • I'm a non-drinker, a teetotaller, a pop-lapper, an' a grape-juice swizzler!

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx
  • He is a teetotaller, and is very angry at those who drink to excess.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • Some even went so far as to say that one must be a teetotaller to get to heaven.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles
  • He lights a cigarette; if not a teetotaller mixes himself a brandy-and-soda.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • A man who's been wounded in the head, and isn't a teetotaller, is done for.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • He had more than once heard Richford boast that he was positively a teetotaller.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • I should say like the best champagne, if I did not happen to be a teetotaller.'

    Desert Air Robert Hichens
  • There is one point on which you are independent: you will not have the bay rum; you are a teetotaller.

    The Perfect Gentleman Ralph Bergengren
Word Origin and History for teetotaller



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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