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or tee·to·tal·ist

[tee-toht-ler, tee-toht-]
  1. a person who abstains totally from intoxicating drink.
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Also especially British, tee·to·tal·ler.

Origin of teetotaler

First recorded in 1825–35; teetotal + -er1
Related formsnon·tee·to·tal·er, nounnon·tee·to·tal·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for teetotaller

Historical Examples of teetotaller

  • Could any teetotaller have invented a more significant name?

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, August 1877


  • 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

Word Origin and History for teetotaller



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

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