teetotal

[ tee-toht-l, tee-toht-l ]
/ tiˈtoʊt l, ˈtiˌtoʊt l /

adjective

of or relating to, advocating, or pledged to total abstinence from intoxicating drink.
Informal. absolute; complete.

verb (used without object), tee·to·taled, tee·to·tal·ing or (especially British) tee·to·talled, tee·to·tal·ling.

to practice teetotalism.

Origin of teetotal

reduplicated variant of total, coined by R. Turner, of Preston, England, in 1833, in a speech advocating total abstinence from alcoholic drinks

OTHER WORDS FROM teetotal

tee·to·tal·ly, adverb
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teetotal
/ (tiːˈtəʊtəl) /

adjective

of, relating to, or practising abstinence from alcoholic drink
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Derived forms of teetotal

teetotaller, nounteetotally, adverbteetotalism, noun

Word Origin for teetotal

C19: allegedly coined in 1833 by Richard Turner, English advocate of total abstinence from alcoholic liquors; probably from total, with emphatic reduplication
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