fother

Fother

Foth"er\, n. [OE. fother, foder, AS. f[=o]?er a cartload; akin to G. fuder a cartload, a unit of measure, OHG. fuodar, D. voeder, and perh. to E. fathom, or cf. Skr. p[=a]tr[=a] vessel, dish. Cf. Fodder a fother.]

1. A wagonload; a load of any sort. [Obs.]

Of dung full many a fother. --Chaucer.

2. See Fodder, a unit of weight.
Webster's Revised

Fother

Foth"er\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fothered; p. pr. & vb. n. Fothering.] [Cf. Fodder food, and G. f["u]ttern, futtern, to cover within or without, to line. [root]75.] To stop (a leak in a ship at sea) by drawing under its bottom a thrummed sail, so that the pressure of the water may force it into the crack. --Totten.
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