Origin of vittle
First recorded in 1805–15
- victuals, food supplies; provisions.
- food or provisions for human beings.
- to supply with victuals.
- 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
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- an obsolete or dialect spelling of victual
- to supply with or obtain victuals
- (intr) rare (esp of animals) to partake of victuals
See also victuals
C14: from Old French vitaille, from Late Latin victuālia provisions, from Latin victuālis concerning food, from victus sustenance, from vīvere to live
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Word Origin and History for vittle
c.1300; see victuals.
c.1300, from Anglo-French or Old French vitailler, from vitaille (see victuals). Related: Victualed; victualing.
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