Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural Food for human beings, esp. when it is cooked or prepared for the table; that which supports human life; provisions; sustenance; meat; viands.

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  • noun archaic, plurale tantum Food supplies; provisions.
  • noun Plural form of victual.
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of victual.

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  • noun any substance that can be used as food
  • noun a source of materials to nourish the body
  • noun a stock or supply of foods

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Examples

  • The bursar hated Conan, ever since the time when the Cimmerian caught him taking extra servings of victuals from the mess hall - sustenance intended for warriors, not scribblers.

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  • The bursar hated Conan, ever since the time when the Cimmerian caught him taking extra servings of victuals from the mess hall - sustenance intended for warriors, not scribblers.

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  • "I tell you," he said, "when folks hes been a ridin 'on an empty stomach ever since breakfast, victuals is victuals; we learn how to be thankful for 'em; so I' ll take another slice o 'that' ere beef, and one or two more cold potatoes, and the vinegar, Mr. Sheril.

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  • Vnlesse perhaps Munster calleth the food of cattell, cattell themselues slaine for the foode of men: whom, as I thinke, the vse of the latine tongue doth gaine say, which hath taught vs that as men doe eate, so beasts do feede, and hath termed the victuals of men, and the food or fodder of cattell.

    A briefe commentarie of Island, by Arngrimus Ionas

  • Vnlesse perhaps Munster calleth the food of cattell, cattell themselues slaine for the foode of men: whom, as I thinke, the vse of the latine tongue doth gaine say, which hath taught vs that as men doe eate, so beasts do feede, and hath termed the victuals of men, and the food or fodder of cattell.

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  • This, however, I have frequently seen, although, in the inland parts, the poorer class of inhabitants are so very rarely indulged with this precious article that to say a man ate salt with his victuals is the same as saying he is a very rich man.

    Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa, 1795-7

  • The victuals will be the common property of all the new arrivals, whether the son of the house or strangers.

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  • This, however, I have frequently seen, although, in the inland parts, the poorer class of inhabitants are so very rarely indulged with this precious article that to say a man ate salt with his victuals is the same as saying he is a very rich man.

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  • Pronunciation of 'subtle' and 'victuals' - (when I was younger) I thought they were sub-tile and vic-tyoo-uls, instead they're suttle and vittles.

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  • Vnlesse perhaps Munster calleth the food of cattell, cattell themselues slaine for the foode of men: whom, as I thinke, the vse of the latine tongue doth gaine say, which hath taught vs that as men doe eate, so beasts do feede, and hath termed the victuals of men, and the food or fodder of cattell.

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  • rhymes with skittles

    October 20, 2007

  • Was used in Old Man and the Sea.

    February 2, 2009

  • I used to think cartoon characters (namely, Yosemite Sam) were saying, "vittles." However, that IS the pronunciation of "victuals." Surprise!

    September 12, 2009