[adj] sparing in consumption of especially food and drink; "the pleasures of the table, never of much consequence to one naturally abstemious"- John Galsworthy
[adj] marked by temperance in indulgence; "abstemious meals"; "a light eater"; "a light smoker"; "ate a light supper"
\Ab*ste"mi*ous\, a. [L. abstemius; ab, abs + root of temetum intoxicating drink.]
1. Abstaining from wine. [Orig. Latin sense.] Under his special eye Abstemious I grew up and thrived amain. --Milton.
2. Sparing in diet; refraining from a free use of food and strong drinks; temperate; abstinent; sparing in the indulgence of the appetite or passions. Instances of longevity are chiefly among the abstemious. --Arbuthnot.
3. Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation; as, an abstemious diet. --Gibbon.
4. Marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an abstemious life. ``One abstemious day.'' --Pope.
5. Promotive of abstemiousness. [R.] Such is the virtue of the abstemious well. --Dryden.