teetotally

teetotal

[tee-toht-l, tee-toht-l]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to, advocating, or pledged to total abstinence from intoxicating drink.
2.
Informal. absolute; complete.
verb (used without object), teetotaled, teetotaling or (especially British) teetotalled, teetotalling.
3.
to practice teetotalism.

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

teetotally, adverb
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teetotal (tiːˈtəʊtəl)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or practising abstinence from alcoholic drink
2.  dialect complete
 
[C19: allegedly coined in 1833 by Richard Turner, English advocate of total abstinence from alcoholic liquors; probably from total, with emphatic reduplication]
 
tee'totaller
 
n
 
tee'totally
 
adv
 
tee'totalism
 
n

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teetotal
"pledged to total abstinence from intoxicating drink," 1834, possibly formed from total with a reduplication of the initial T- for emphasis (T-totally "totally," not in an abstinence sense, is recorded in Kentucky dialect from 1832 and is possibly older in Irish-Eng.). The use in temperance jargon was
first noted Sept. 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."
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