a person who abstains from something regarded as improper or unhealthy, especially the drinking of alcoholic beverages.
a person who abstains from anything.

Origin of abstainer

First recorded in 1525–35; abstain + -er1
Related formsnon·ab·stain·er, noun
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Related Words for abstainer

dry, ascetic, nondrinker, abstinent, prohibitionist

Examples from the Web for abstainer

Historical Examples of abstainer

  • And is not total abstinence the only safe side for the abstainer himself?

  • You have always, then, been an abstainer since you came to the colony?

    Frank Oldfield

    T.P. Wilson

  • The abstainer, like the Nazirite, is his own witness, his own judge.

  • The bishop asked me the other day whether I was an abstainer.

    The Bishop's Apron

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • "All right," said the major, regarding an abstainer with disfavour.


    William McFee

Word Origin and History for abstainer

mid-15c., "one who practices self-denial," agent noun from abstain.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper