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or vittle

[vit-l] /ˈvɪt l/
victuals, food supplies; provisions.
food or provisions for human beings.
verb (used with object), victualed, victualing or (especially British) victualled, victualling.
to supply with victuals.
verb (used without object), victualed, victualing or (especially British) victualled, victualling.
to take or obtain victuals.
Archaic. to eat or feed.
Origin of victual
1275-1325; Middle English vitaille < Anglo-French, Middle French vitail(l)e, Old French vituaille < Late Latin victuālia provisions, noun use of neuter plural of Latin victuālis pertaining to food, equivalent to victu(s) nourishment, way of living (vic-, variant stem of vīvere to live + -tus suffix of v. action) + -ālis -al1; modern spelling < Latin
Related forms
victualless, adjective
revictual, verb, revictualed, revictualing or (especially British) revictualled, revictualling.
unvictualed, adjective
unvictualled, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for victualling
Historical Examples
  • And then there was the victualling of the ship, a matter of great importance.

    The Great Airship. F. S. Brereton
  • There is also the controller of victualling, and the controller-general of the coast-guard.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The arrangements for victualling had always had an important bearing upon the contentment and efficiency of the seamen.

    Samuel Pepys and the Royal Navy J. R. (Joseph Robson) Tanner
  • But for all this, Gonzaga—for the men and the victualling—money will be needed.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • On the 28th he went down the river to visit the victualling ships, “where I find all out of order.”

  • I must go now,—my steward is waiting for me at the victualling office.

    Percival Keene Frederick Marryat
  • The feuds arose from the increased power of the livery companies and the antagonism between the victualling and clothing trades.

    The Story of London Henry B. Wheatley
  • We came to the question of victualling, and he grew more enthusiastic.

    Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
  • The squadron allotted to this service consisted of five men-of-war, a sloop of war and two victualling ships.

  • She has perhaps been victualling it since yesterday evening.

    The Mason-bees J. Henri Fabre
British Dictionary definitions for victualling


verb -uals, -ualling, -ualled (US) -uals, -ualing, -ualed
to supply with or obtain victuals
(intransitive) (rare) (esp of animals) to partake of victuals
See also victuals
Derived Forms
victual-less, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French vitaille, from Late Latin victuālia provisions, from Latin victuālis concerning food, from victus sustenance, from vīvere to live
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for victualling



c.1300; see victuals.


c.1300, from Anglo-French or Old French vitailler, from vitaille (see victuals). Related: Victualed; victualing.



c.1300, from Anglo-French or Old French vitailler, from vitaille (see victuals). Related: Victualed; victualing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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