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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Other Words from fodder

fodder transitive verb

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.
Recent Examples on the Web From early education to university, schools provide rich dramatic fodder for stories about intellectual exploration but also relationships, politics, gender, and creativity. Maya Chung, The Atlantic, 13 May 2022 For The Hours, Kidman spent three hours a day transforming into English author Virginia Woolf, most notably wearing a prosthetic nose that became a topic of award season fodder that year. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 10 May 2022 In southern Somalia, the group hosts demonstration sites where pastoralists learn about techniques to improve fodder production, which could help families like the Abdullahis and Hassans reduce livestock deaths and boost milk yields significantly. David Bruckmeier, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 May 2022 Kim donning Fulani braids and referring to them as 'Bo Derek braids' – or delivering visually appealing tabloid fodder, like Kourtney and drummer beau Travis Barker’s recent pseudo-wedding at a Las Vegas wedding chapel. Mj Corey,, 9 May 2022 Because of the vast disparities between team budgets, engine manufacturers, and aerodynamics, a Formula One field is made up of a few serial winners and a majority of drivers who spend their time as pack fodder. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Podcasts have recently joined novels, plays, magazine articles and theme-park rides as adaptation fodder in the era of endless content. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 This gave some fodder to the evening’s entertainer, The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, who delivered a blisteringly funny address. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Photographers captured the scene, and the allegations became tabloid fodder across the globe. Matthew Barakat, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Fodder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of fodder

: coarse dry food (as cornstalks) for livestock


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