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
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.
Origin and Etymology of fodder
Middle English, from Old English fōdor; akin to Old High German fuotar food — more at food
First Known Use: before 12th century
FODDER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fodder for English Language Learners
: food given to horses, cows, etc.
: material that is used for a particular purpose
FODDER Defined for Kids
Definition of fodder for Students
: coarse dry food (as cornstalks) for livestock
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