[ tee-toht-l, tee-toht-l ]
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  1. of or relating to, advocating, or pledged to total abstinence from intoxicating drink.

  2. Informal. absolute; complete.

verb (used without object),tee·to·taled, tee·to·tal·ing or (especially British) tee·to·talled, tee·to·tal·ling.
  1. 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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How to use teetotal in a sentence

  • He stabled Rosina at sundown, and went in to sneak a well-earned glass of hard cider past Martha's teetotaling eye.

    Blind Man's Lantern | Allen Kim Lang

British Dictionary definitions for teetotal


/ (tiːˈtəʊtəl) /

  1. of, relating to, or practising abstinence from alcoholic drink

  2. dialect complete

Origin of teetotal

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

Derived forms of teetotal

  • teetotaller, noun
  • teetotally, adverb
  • teetotalism, noun

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