- (formerly) a person who followed an army or maintained a store on an army post to sell provisions to the soldiers.
Origin of sutler
Examples from the Web for sutler
We have a fighting strain in us ever since my kinsman followed Ireton's army as a sutler.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
I cannot see him, I'm sore feared he's hiding in the sutler's vans.Gilian The Dreamer
Our Sutler, although upon his first campaign, was no novice in the craft.Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals
William H. Armstrong
There I learned that the fort had been occupied by the Rebels in the night, while I was with the sutler.With Fire and Sword
Samuel H. M. Byers
The sutler's tent was often a favorite lounging 287 place with the officers.The Recollections of A Drummer-Boy
Harry M. Kieffer
- (formerly) a merchant who accompanied an army in order to sell provisions to the soldiers
Word Origin and History for sutler
"person who follows an army to sell food to soldiers," 1580s, from Middle Dutch soeteler "small tradesman, sutler, camp cook" (Dutch zoetelaar), cognate with Middle Low German suteler, sudeler "person who performs dirty tasks," Middle High German sudelen "to cook badly," Middle Dutch soetelen "to cook badly." Probably also related to Dutch zieder, German sieden "to seethe" (see seethe).