Historical a person following an army to sell food, liquor, etc. to its soldiers
Origin of sutler16th-c. Dutch soeteler ; from soetelen, to do dirty work, akin to German sudeln, to do in a slovenly way ; from Indo-European base an unverified form seu-, damp, juice from source suck
An army camp follower who peddled provisions to the soldiers.
Origin of sutlerObsolete Dutch soeteler, from Low German sudeler, suteler, from German sudeln, to dirty, from Middle High German sudelen.
- A person who follows an army, selling provisions.
From Dutch soeteler (modern zoetelaar).