fod·​der | \ ˈfä-dər How to pronounce fodder (audio) \

Definition of fodder

1 : something fed to domestic animals especially : coarse food for cattle, horses, or sheep
2 : inferior or readily available material used to supply a heavy demand fodder for tabloids This sort of breezy plot line has become cheap fodder for novelists and screenwriters …— Sally Bedell

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Examples of fodder in a Sentence

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

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Eventually, though, the fascination turned into fodder for a special kind of construction company, and the Rustic Way was born. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "You Could Own Your Own Fairy Tale Cottage," 17 Apr. 2019 The low ratings provided more fodder for Trump’s ongoing battle with the NFL over certain players kneeling or refusing to stand during the national anthem. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Trump mocks NFL for ratings drop in season opener; suggests numbers would improve if players didn't kneel," 9 Sep. 2018 When that woman is a mother, as in Hereditary, the suspicion can become more accusatory: Annie’s final work makes the idea of turning one’s family into fodder for art horribly literal. Katherine Fusco, The Atlantic, "Hereditary and the Monstrousness of Creative Moms," 11 July 2018 In a sign of how tense relations between both camps of voters remain, even acts of nature have turned into fodder for political jousting. NBC News, "Former guerrilla, young conservative vie to lead Colombia," 17 June 2018 In a sign of how tense relations between both camps of voters remain, even acts of nature have turned into fodder for political jousting. Washington Post, "Former guerrilla, young conservative vie to lead Colombia," 17 June 2018 While the ruling seemingly ends the text-message case, the topic turned into instant campaign fodder late Friday. Sean Robinson, The Seattle Times, "Judge tags Pierce County with additional $349,000 in prosecutor’s text-message case," 11 Mar. 2018 After seasons of blog-fodder bobs and bowl cuts, long hair was suddenly everywhere: Models at Prada and Tory Burch wore sleek, below-the-belly-button braids, and flowing lengths swung past tailbones at Miu Miu and R13. Emily Spivak, Vogue, "How Extra-Long Hair Became This Season’s Most Subversive Style," 16 May 2019 Here's how the company justifies using its visitors' random photos as free marketing fodder: MY NAME AND LIKENESS. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The Vessel, New York City's Newest Tourist Trap, Plans to Use Your Photos as Marketing Fodder," 19 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of fodder

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fodder

Middle English, from Old English fōdor; akin to Old High German fuotar food — more at food

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The first known use of fodder was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of fodder

: food given to horses, cows, etc.
: material that is used for a particular purpose


fod·​der | \ ˈfä-dər How to pronounce fodder (audio) \

Kids Definition of fodder

: coarse dry food (as cornstalks) for livestock

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