verb (used without object), tee·to·taled, tee·to·tal·ing or (especially British) tee·to·talled, tee·to·tal·ling.
Origin of teetotal
Examples from the Web for teetotal
Thenceforward for nearly a fortnight we saw nothing of our teetotal skipper.The Log of a Sea-Waif|Frank T. Bullen
This reminds me, by-the-bye, of a teetotal turnkey at Coldbath Fields.The Life Of George Cruikshank, Vol. II. (of II)|Blanchard Jerrold
They have to ponder over the teetotal vote, and they have to be very careful that they do not offend the licensed victuallers.Wit and Wisdom of Lord Tredegar|Godfrey Charles Morgan
Now, I am not aware that teetotal apostles keep watch on your frontiers.Freeland|Theodor Hertzka
But this surely would place America's teetotal navy in a very awkward predicament.
British Dictionary definitions for teetotal
Word Origin for teetotal
Word Origin and History for teetotal
"pledged to total abstinence from intoxicating drink," 1834, possibly formed from total (adj.) with a reduplication of the initial T- for emphasis (T-totally "totally," though not in an abstinence sense, is recorded in Kentucky dialect from 1832 and is possibly older in Irish-English).
The use in temperance jargon was first noted September 1833 in a speech advocating total abstinence (from beer as well as wine and liquor) by Richard "Dicky" Turner, a working-man from Preston, England. Also said to have been introduced in 1827 in a New York temperance society which recorded a T after the signature of those who had pledged total abstinence, but contemporary evidence for this is wanting, and Webster (1847) calls teetotaler "a cant word formed in England."