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Saturday, April 21, 2001

Definitions for teetotaler

  1. One pledged to entire abstinence from all intoxicating drinks.

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Citations for teetotaler
Her son, in his idealized recollections, would describe her as a near teetotaler, hardly venturing beyond a lady-like glass of champagne. A. M. Sperber and Eric Lax, Bogart
Her father, previously a teetotaler, had begun drinking, and his health had taken a turn for the worse. Stephen A. Black, Eugene O'Neill: Beyond Mourning and Tragedy
Origin of teetotaler
1825-1835
Teetotaler is from tee (the letter t, as in total) + total + -er. Teetotalism is the principle or practice of complete abstinence from alcoholic drinks.