teetotal
adjective Etymology: total + total (abstinence) Date: 1834 1. of, relating to, or practicing teetotalism 2. total, completeteetotally adverb

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  • Teetotal — Tee*to tal, a. Entire; total. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • teetotal — (v.) pledged to total abstinence from intoxicating drink, 1834, possibly formed from TOTAL (Cf. total) with a reduplication of the initial T for emphasis (T totally totally, though not in an abstinence sense, is recorded in Kentucky dialect from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • teetotal — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ choosing or characterized by abstinence from alcohol. DERIVATIVES teetotalism noun teetotaller noun. ORIGIN emphatic extension of TOTAL(Cf. ↑totally), apparently first used by Richard Turner, a worker from Preston, in a speech… …   English terms dictionary

  • teetotal — [tē′tōt′ l, tē′tōt΄ l] adj. [redupl., for emphasis, of initial letter of TOTAL] 1. Informal entire; complete 2. of or advocating teetotalism teetotaler n. teetotaller teetotally adv …   English World dictionary

  • teetotal — [[t]tiːto͟ʊt(ə)l, AM ti͟ːtoʊt(ə)l[/t]] ADJ: usu v link ADJ Someone who is teetotal does not drink alcohol. He will not be having a celebratory drink, as he is teetotal …   English dictionary

  • teetotal — adj. (esp. BrE) VERBS ▪ be ▪ become ▪ remain ADVERB ▪ strictly ▪ I m strictly teetotal …   Collocations dictionary

  • teetotal — tee|to|tal [ˌti:ˈtəutl US ˈtou ] adj someone who is teetotal never drinks alcohol >teetotalism n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • teetotal — tee|to|tal [ ti toutl ] adjective someone who is teetotal never drinks alcohol ╾ tee|to|tal|ism noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • teetotal — [19] The adverb teetotally is first recorded in America in 1832 (James Hall, in his Legends of West Philadelphia, recorded a Kentucky backwoodsman as saying ‘These Mingoes … ought to be essentially, and particularly, and tee totally obflisticated …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • teetotal — UK [tiːˈtəʊt(ə)l] / US [tɪˈtoʊt(ə)l] adjective someone who is teetotal never drinks alcohol Derived word: teetotalism noun uncountable …   English dictionary

  • teetotal — [19] The adverb teetotally is first recorded in America in 1832 (James Hall, in his Legends of West Philadelphia, recorded a Kentucky backwoodsman as saying ‘These Mingoes … ought to be essentially, and particularly, and tee totally obflisticated …   Word origins

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