Fodder definition

fŏdər
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To feed with fodder.
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To feed with fodder.
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Feed for livestock, especially coarsely chopped hay or straw.
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(figuratively) Something which serves as inspiration or encouragement, especially for satire or humour.
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Coarse food for cattle, horses, sheep, etc., as cornstalks, hay, and straw.
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A consumable, often inferior item or resource that is in demand and usually abundant supply.

Romantic novels intended as fodder for the pulp fiction market.

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Fodder is defined as a coarse food given to farm animals.

An example of fodder is alfalfa hay.

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(slang, drafting, design) Tracing paper.
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(cryptic crosswords) The text to be operated on (anagrammed, etc.) within a clue.
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(dialect) To feed animals (with fodder).
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The definition of fodder is art material or something that is in high demand and often poor quality.

An example of fodder is colored tissue paper.

An example of fodder is the Star news magazine.

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Something, esp. information, that is thought of as being in large supply and, often, inferior, raw or coarse, etc.

Promotional fodder in mass media.

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The basis or basic material for something.

Fodder for celebrity gossip.

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Food for animals; that which is fed to cattle, horses, and sheep, such as hay, cornstalks, vegetables, etc.
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A weight by which lead and some other metals were formerly sold, in England, varying from 19 1/2 to 24 cwt (993 to 1222 kg).; a fother.
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Raw material, as for artistic creation.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of fodder - fother, fudder

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fodder
Plural:
fodders

Origin of fodder

  • Middle English from Old English fōdor pā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old English fōdor, from Proto-Germanic *fōdrą (compare West Frisian foer, Dutch voer 'pasture, fodder', German Futter 'feed', Danish and Swedish foder), from *fōdô 'food', from Proto-Indo-European *pat- 'to feed', *peh₂- (“to guard, graze, feed”). More at food.

    From Wiktionary