plural noun
vit·​tles | \ ˈvi-tᵊlz How to pronounce vittles (audio) \

Definition of vittles

: supplies of food : victuals now chiefly used playfully to evoke the supposed language of cowboys The vendors sold souvenirs and knickknacks and all manner of local vittles.— Frank Deford… Taco Cabana of San Antonio makes sure its vittles are the freshest Tex-Mex north of the Rio Grande.— Richard S. TeitelbaumMy mother turned an icy stare on her, leaving my father to try to make amends. "All you kids have to stay for dinner. Leo and I'll rustle up some vittles." "Vittles?" my mother asked with disdain. "Food," my father said. "In cowboy movies, they call it vittles." "I abhor cowboy movies," she said, and returned to her room.— Pat Conroy

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Examples of vittles in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's a caterer's kitchen with its own entrance, and a dumbwaiter for the vittles and drinks. Rohan Preston Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 11 Dec. 2020 But viral and bacterial genetic material didn’t always track together, Brown said, hinting that some protists might have skipped the middleman and gone straight for the viral vittles. Katherine J. Wu New York Times, Star Tribune, 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of vittles

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Vittles.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vittles

US, informal + humorous : food and drink


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