noun fod·der \ˈfä-dər\

: food given to horses, cows, etc.

: material that is used for a particular purpose

Full Definition of FODDER

:  something fed to domestic animals; especially :  coarse food for cattle, horses, or sheep
:  inferior or readily available material used to supply a heavy demand <fodder for tabloids>
fodder transitive verb

Examples of FODDER

  1. His antics always make good fodder for the gossip columnists.
  2. She often used her friends' problems as fodder for her novels.

Origin of FODDER

Middle English, from Old English fōdor; akin to Old High German fuotar food — more at food
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut
FOTHER Defined for Kids


noun fod·der \ˈfä-dər\

Definition of FODDER for Kids

:  coarse dry food (as cornstalks) for livestock


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