Definition of teetotal in English:

teetotal

adjective

  • Choosing or characterized by abstinence from alcohol.

    ‘a teetotal lifestyle’
    • ‘My diet is a lot better now and importantly, I'm virtually teetotal, which has really helped my fitness.’
    • ‘In the 1830s, a third movement, the teetotal movement, emerged and radicalized temperance reform in two ways.’
    • ‘Mild-mannered, teetotal, often other-worldly, he was unswerving in his work for a party notable then for its lack of success.’
    • ‘Thankfully, I'm quite happy to stay teetotal for the duration.’
    • ‘The Temperance Society, an organisation in which people pledged to be teetotal, was first established in 1832.’
    • ‘It really is hard to believe that he's teetotal.’
    • ‘And I hadn't fully realised how odd I'd feel, an omnivore who likes a drink dropped into a city populated largely by teetotal vegetarians.’
    • ‘Yes, he was an active participant on that evening but, while he was only too happy to dish out the vodka, he remained teetotal and disappeared to bed at a respectable hour so he was fit and able for practice the following morning.’
    • ‘The alcohol ban is a strain on my mum, she likes a bit of a drink, but my dad's teetotal.’
    • ‘In the West Midlands, 78% were willing to stop drinking, reduce their alcohol intake or were teetotal already compared to 66% in the capital.’
    • ‘I have lost a pound or two in weight - my boyfriend has lost half a stone - but I don't feel being teetotal has led to a major improvement in my health.’
    • ‘Over the years I've known 3 sets of twins (not all identical) and in every case one of them drinks and one is teetotal because they don't like the taste of alcohol.’
    • ‘He never drank alcohol, and he had strong teetotal convictions.’
    • ‘I'm nearly teetotal, I wake up at five every morning to feed the horses and I work all hours.’
    • ‘‘I've been teetotal for seven years, and I'm never going back,’ he says.’
    • ‘Gerry was teetotal, but we had a fantastic time.’
    • ‘One of the country's leading experts on alcohol believes moderate drinking is healthier than being teetotal.’
    • ‘Martin said: ‘Andrew likes a drop or two, Dad enjoys the occasional taster, but the truth is that I am teetotal!’’
    • ‘Though the general fitness of players has improved during my 17 years in the game, teetotal footballers are still vastly outnumbered by those who do partake of an alcoholic refreshment.’
    • ‘He is married with two adopted children and is teetotal.’
    abstinent, abstemious
    sober, avoiding alcohol
    on the wagon, off the booze, off the sauce, dry
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Origin

Mid 19th century: 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.

Pronunciation:

teetotal

/tiːˈtəʊt(ə)l/