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  • n. Food supplies; provisions.
  • n. Plural form of victual.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of victual.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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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.

    Archive 2010-02-01

  • "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.

    Oldtown Folks

  • 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

  • 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.

    The Mason-Bees

  • 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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  • One William Willson then Boateswayne of the said shipp but since slayne by the salvages went up to Phillipp Staffe the M'rs Mate and asked him the reason why the M'r should soe favour to give meate to some of the companie, and not the rest whoe aunswered that it was necessary that some of them should be kepte upp Whereuppon Willson went downe agayne and told one Henry Greene what the said Phillipp Staffe had said to the said Willson Whereuppon they with others consented together and agreed to pynion him the said M'r and one John Kinge whoe was Quarter M'r and put them into a shallopp and Phillipp Staffe mighte have stayed still in the shipp but he would voluntarilie goe into the said shallopp for love of the M'r uppon condition that they would give him his clothes (which he had) there was allso six more besides the other three putt into the said shallopp whoe thinkeinge that they were onely put into the shallopp to keepe the said Hudson the M'r and Kinge till the victuals were a sharinge went out willinglie but afterwards findinge that the companie in the shipp would not suffer them to come agayne into the shipp they desyred that they mighte have their cloathes and soe pte of them was delivered them, and the rest of their apparell was soulde at the mayne mast to them that would give most for them and an inventory of every mans pticuler goodes was made and their money was paid by Mr Allin Cary to their friendes heere in England and deducted out of their wages that soe boughte them when they came into England.

    Henry Hudson

  • A High School English teacher maintained that "victuals" is the ugliest english word.

    "Wear protective headgear, walk in pairs and carry umbrellas..."

  • The weavers' society began by buying and sharing materials and looms, but in 1769 branched out into food and "victuals", first buying a sack of oatmeal wholesale to sell in smaller quantities at cut price.

    Archive 2007-08-05

  • In this city there is abundance of al kind of victuals very cheap.

    The Journal of Friar Odoric


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

    September 12, 2009

  • Was used in Old Man and the Sea.

    February 2, 2009

  • rhymes with skittles

    October 20, 2007