[ tee-toht-l, tee-toht-l ]
/ tiˈtoʊt l, ˈtiˌtoʊt l /
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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.
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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 teetotaltee·to·tal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for teetotal
/ (tiːˈtəʊtəl) /
of, relating to, or practising abstinence from alcoholic drink
Derived forms of teetotalteetotaller, 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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