Teetotal meaning

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Total; absolute.
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(informal) Entire; complete.
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Of, relating to, or practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages.
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Of or advocating teetotalism.
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Opposed to the drinking of alcohol.
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Origin of teetotal

  • Probably partly tee (pronunciation of the first letter in total) total (abstinence), and partly reduplication of total

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1830s, from total, the reduplicated tee being an intensifier - “T-total".

    From Wiktionary