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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Related Wordschow, eats, fare, groceries, grub, larder, meal, nourishment, provender, provisions, snack, viands, victuals, foodstuff, eatables, edibles, goodies, refreshments
Examples from the Web for vittles
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
If any bear steals my vittles he's goin' t' git cuffed bard.'Eben Holden
- 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 vittles
c.1300; see victuals.
c.1300, from Anglo-French or Old French vitailler, from vitaille (see victuals). Related: Victualed; victualing.
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