fodder

noun fod·der \ ˈfä-dər \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

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

fodder

transitive verb

Examples of fodder in a Sentence

  1. His antics always make good fodder for the gossip columnists.

  2. She often used her friends' problems as fodder for her novels.

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Origin and Etymology of fodder

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

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FODDER Defined for English Language Learners

fodder

noun

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

fodder

noun fod·der \ ˈfä-dər \

Definition of fodder for Students

: coarse dry food (as cornstalks) for livestock


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