- Informal entire; complete
- of or advocating teetotalism
Origin of teetotalreduplicated, reduplication , for emphasis, of initial letter of total
- Of, relating to, or practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages.
- Total; absolute.
Origin of teetotalProbably partly tee 1 (pronunciation of the first letter in total ) total (abstinence), and partly reduplication of total
(comparative more teetotal, superlative most teetotal)
1830s, from total, the reduplicated tee being an intensifier - “T-total".