The Alternative English Dictionary: aquabib

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aquabib etymology Based on Latin aqua + bibere, infinitive of bibō pronunciation
  • /æk.wə.bɪb/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (very, rare, obsolete, derogatory) A teetotaler; one who does not consume alcohol.
    • 1883, The Louisville Medical News: a weekly journal of medicine and surgery: Volumes 15-16 , “and aquabibs are epithets bestowed by the champions of alcohol in London upon the temperance folk.”
    • 1949, The spectacular San Franciscans, Julia Cooley Altrocchi, “Dwight L. Moody and John B. Gough, the great aquabib, had commanded attention …”
    • 1966, Topographical poetry in XVII-century Eng, Robert Arnold Aubin, “While its more sober counterpart was directed to quite different ends by a pugnacious aquabib, William Henry Draper”
  • Proposed circa 1883 as a slur for members of the temperance movement, who would not drink alcohol.

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