fod·​der | \ˈfä-dər \

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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The Clintons remain a favorite target of Republicans and their re-emergence on the political scene weeks ahead of the midterms could give the GOP fresh fodder and create headaches for Democrats seeking to move on from the 2016 election. Mesfin Fekadu, The Seattle Times, "Hillary and Bill Clinton to go on tour this year," 8 Oct. 2018 Thank goodness Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s former Suits co-star Rick Hoffman was at her royal wedding to give the internet some excellent fodder. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Suits' Rick Hoffman's Facial Expression Was a Royal Wedding Highlight," 19 May 2018 The contentious race threatened the unity of Republican voters and gave Democrats fodder to use against Braun in general election advertisements. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Trump, Pence to tout the economy, rally tonight for Senate GOP candidate Braun in Elkhart," 10 May 2018 The rival Koreas' long, bitter history will provide skeptics with ample fodder to doubt that any real deal can be reached. Fox News, "Rival Koreas' leaders face high stakes at historic summit," 25 Apr. 2018 Uecker particularly loves to make fun of himself on the air, and a recent run-in with a brown recluse spider — one of the most venomous house spiders in the U.S. — has provided with some fodder this spring. Chuck Schilken,, "Bob Uecker is bit by a venomous spider and lives to joke about it," 21 Mar. 2018 But his time in the Justice Department during the Obama administration also provided Republicans with some fodder. Michael Tackett And Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Who Is Conor Lamb, Winner in a Special House Race in Pennsylvania?," 14 Mar. 2018 Of course, this could provide the NRA with more fodder. Luke Darby, GQ, "NRA Is Losing Major Sponsors and Partners Amid Calls for a Boycott," 24 Feb. 2018 Even for the mayor of New York, which has its fair share of mega-wealthy corporations, declining to court Amazon would have been political malpractice, giving easy fodder to one’s opponents. Alex Shephard, New Republic, "The Amazon Sweepstakes Racket," 19 Jan. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of fodder

: food given to horses, cows, etc.

: material that is used for a particular purpose


fod·​der | \ˈfä-dər \

Kids Definition of fodder

: coarse dry food (as cornstalks) for livestock

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