fod·​der ˈfä-dər How to pronounce fodder (audio)
: something fed to domestic animals
especially : coarse food for cattle, horses, or sheep
: 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

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Fodder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


fod·​der ˈfäd-ər How to pronounce fodder (audio)
: coarse dry food (as cornstalks) for livestock
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