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[fod-er] /ˈfɒd ər/
coarse food for livestock, composed of entire plants, including leaves, stalks, and grain, of such forages as corn and sorghum.
people considered as readily available and of little value:
cannon fodder.
raw material:
fodder for a comedian's routine.
verb (used with object)
to feed with or as if with fodder.
Origin of fodder
before 1000; Middle English; Old English fodder, fōdor; cognate with German Futter; akin to food
1. See feed. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fodder
  • He encourages farmers to bale corn and soybean fodder for feed.
  • Sugar beets were derived directly from fodder beets which are commonly grown for livestock feed.
  • These strangers were impoverished and disease-ridden, easy fodder for the burgeoning coalition of nativists.
  • Different cultures have their favorite pickle fodder.
  • The country thereabouts seemed to be possessed of such good qualities that cattle would need no fodder there during the winters.
  • Things went finely for a while, the horse was weaned to one stalk a day, and on the next day he would at last work without fodder.
  • Bring in fodder and litter so as to have enough for your oxen and mules.
  • Those, when they happen to surface publicly, make for clear and outrage-inducing news fodder from great distances away.
  • Compared with the fjord's sheer gray walls, the fodder crops look almost fluorescent.
  • We took it and put it under our belt as fodder for inspiration.
British Dictionary definitions for fodder


bulk feed for livestock, esp hay, straw, etc
raw experience or material: fodder for the imagination
(transitive) to supply (livestock) with fodder
Word Origin
Old English fōdor; related to Old Norse fōthr, Old High German fuotar; see food, forage
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Word Origin and History for fodder

Old English fodder "food," especially "food for cattle," from Proto-Germanic *fodran (cf. Old Norse foðr, Middle Dutch voeder, Old High German fuotar, German Futter), from PIE *patrom, from *pa- "to feed" (see food).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Related Terms

bung fodder, cannon fodder

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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fodder in the Bible

Heb. belil, (Job 6:5), meaning properly a mixture or medley (Lat. farrago), "made up of various kinds of grain, as wheat, barley, vetches, and the like, all mixed together, and then sown or given to cattle" (Job 24:6, A.V. "corn," R.V. "provender;" Isa. 30:24, provender").

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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