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[vit-l] /ˈvɪt l/
noun, verb (used with or without object)
Origin of vittle
First recorded in 1805-15


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.
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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for vittles
Historical Examples
  • The Lawd will pahvide whethah it's a burnt offerin' or a meal's vittles.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • He fixed it so as we could both go in with aperns on and toting vittles.

    Tom Sawyer, Detective Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • You've got to have vittles and clothes, even in Trumet, and a place to put your head in nights.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • They're like empty nail-kags, and they'll eat a lot of vittles and we've got the money to pay!

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • If any bear steals my vittles he's goin' t' git cuffed bard.'

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • "Yes, but this gives you vittles to eat," said the old woman.

    Europa's Fairy Book Joseph Jacobs
  • He'll get his vittles and his bed, and a trifle of wages if he works for 'em.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope
  • Our livin' houses and vittles was better and healthier than they is now.

  • The vittles end of this here dinner 'pears to be 'bout over.

    Old Judge Priest Irvin S. Cobb
  • I never begrudged any one a meal's vittles or a night's sleep.

    The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for vittles


noun, verb
an obsolete or dialect spelling of victual


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
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Word Origin and History for vittles



c.1300; see victuals.



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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