- 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
Examples from the Web for victuals
I can hear him now, yellin' to 'em, with his mouth full of victuals!The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
The odour of the victuals seemed to thicken into a kind of smoke.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The mystery of the schooner was overlooked in a sight of the plates and victuals.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
"Half-a-crown a week and his victuals," replied the farmer, promptly.Great Uncle Hoot-Toot
I give them some other victuals too, sometimes, and sometimes I give them some boiled potatoes.
- (sometimes singular) food or provisions
- to supply with or obtain victuals
- (intr) rare (esp of animals) to partake of victuals
Word Origin and History for victuals
c.1300, vitaylle (singular), from Anglo-French and Old French vitaille, from Late Latin victualia "provisions," noun use of plural of victualis "of nourishment," from victus "livelihood, food, sustenance," from root of vivere "to live" (see vital). Spelling altered early 16c. to conform with Latin, but pronunciation remains "vittles."
c.1300; see victuals.
c.1300, from Anglo-French or Old French vitailler, from vitaille (see victuals). Related: Victualed; victualing.