Definition of teetotal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌtiːˈtəʊtl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌtiːˈtoʊtl//
Healthy eating habits
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never drinking alcohol He's strictly teetotal. See related entries: Healthy eating habits Word Originmid 19th cent.: emphatic extension of total, apparently first used by Richard Turner, a worker from Preston, in a speech (1833) urging total abstinence from all alcohol, rather than mere abstinence from spirits, advocated by some early temperance reformers.
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