plural noun

vit·​tles ˈvi-tᵊlz How to pronounce vittles (audio)
: 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. Teitelbaum
My 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

Examples of vittles in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vittles was in the 14th century

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“Vittles.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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noun plural
vit·​tles ˈvit-ᵊlz How to pronounce vittles (audio)
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