vittle

[ vit-l ]
/ ˈvɪt l /

noun, verb (used with or without object)

Origin of vittle

First recorded in 1805–15

Definition for vittles (2 of 2)

victual

or vit·tle

[ vit-l ]
/ ˈvɪt l /

noun

victuals, food supplies; provisions.
food or provisions for human beings.

verb (used with object), vict·ualed, vict·ual·ing or (especially British) vict·ualled, vict·ual·ling.

to supply with victuals.

verb (used without object), vict·ualed, vict·ual·ing or (especially British) vict·ualled, vict·ual·ling.

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

vict·ual·less, adjectivere·vict·ual, verb, re·vict·ualed, re·vict·ual·ing or (especially British) re·vict·ualled, re·vict·ual·ling.un·vic·tualed, adjectiveun·vic·tualled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vittles (1 of 2)

vittle

/ (ˈvɪtəl) /

noun, verb

an obsolete or dialect spelling of victual

British Dictionary definitions for vittles (2 of 2)

victual

/ (ˈvɪtəl) /

verb -uals, -ualling or -ualled or US -uals, -ualing or -ualed

to supply with or obtain victuals
(intr) rare (esp of animals) to partake of victuals
See also victuals

Derived Forms

victual-less, adjective

Word Origin for victual

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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