Meaning of teetotaller in English:


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  • A person who never drinks alcohol.

    ‘he was for most of his life a non-smoker and teetotaller’
    • ‘He said ‘all the good studies’ of drinkers versus teetotallers suggested adults drinking one to two units per day, equivalent to one to two standard glasses of wine or half-pints of beer, had a 20% lower risk of stroke than abstainers.’
    • ‘Still, even teetotalers should enjoy themselves here, though maybe not as much as aspiring wine geeks, who could easily spend the meal perusing the extensive, user-friendly list.’
    • ‘The survey shows you don't want to be a teetotaler if you want to get on in your job.’
    • ‘This argument isn't coming from a old-fogey teetotaler.’
    • ‘He actively disliked non-smokers and merrily mocked teetotallers.’
    • ‘I am a strict vegetarian, non-smoker and a teetotaller.’
    • ‘A teetotaller and non-smoker, he is a keep fit enthusiast.’
    • ‘This teetotaller and non-smoker is very much a family man, and spends his spare time helping his wife tend to their large collection of bonsai plants.’
    • ‘He is a non-smoker and a teetotaller but has suffered from coronary complications that required surgery over a year ago.’
    • ‘Which drink is likely to confer a similar benefit on teetotallers?’
    • ‘The 78-year-old former Prime Minister was a teetotaller and wanted to demonstrate that a life of alcohol abstinence could lessen the effects of advancing age.’
    • ‘You don't have to become a teetotaller but limit your drinking to two drinks a day and give yourself one alcohol free day each week.’
    • ‘He used to enjoy a few drinks and cigarettes, but he is now a teetotaller.’
    • ‘People who drink could just be smarter and better educated than teetotalers, he says.’
    • ‘Are you looking for social activities that don't involve drinking or are you trying to be an inconspicuous teetotaler?’
    • ‘His mother was a teetotaler and his military veteran father rarely drank.’
    • ‘The president, a teetotaler since age 40 and a non-smoker - except for an occasional cigar - jogs 3 miles, mostly on a treadmill, at least four times a week.’
    • ‘Data from the British regional heart study, a long running cohort begun in middle aged men, suggests that light drinkers have the same life expectancy as lifelong teetotallers.’
    • ‘‘I'm a teetotaller, meself,’ declares the middle-aged Belfast woman seated opposite me.’
    non-drinker, abstainer
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/ˌtiːˈtəʊtlə/ /ˌtiːˈtəʊtələ/