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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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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Every mundane happenstance in the lives of Gigi and Bella Hadid has become tabloid fodder at some point. Glamour, "A Tabloid Called the Hadids’ Books ‘Hot Accessories’ and People Have Thoughts," 21 Mar. 2019 The conventional wisdom is that the DNA report backfired and may damage Ms. Warren’s standing as a possible presidential nominee, providing fodder for ridicule from Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Joe Biden. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "What Is Elizabeth Warren?," 17 Oct. 2018 At the same time, Locklear's personal struggles became tabloid fodder. Bethonie Butler,, "Heather Locklear was one of the biggest stars of the '90s — now she's known more for her legal troubles," 26 June 2018 The right-hander also was suspended by the team for three days in May after skipping a home game following a late night on the town — yet another personal transgression in a career filled with tabloid-fodder drama. USA TODAY, "Mets reach deals with deGrom, Syndergaard, Harvey, 5 more," 12 Jan. 2018 But since there’s no such thing as a quiet deletion when people are watching online, the incident became fodder for another outbreak of partisan warfare. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Some journalists wonder if their profession is tweet-crazy," 29 Jan. 2019 He has been besieged by complaints about his travel and other practices that would become fodder for House Democrats no matter how trivial. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Ryan Zinke’s Parting Gift," 24 Dec. 2018 Demolition expert Romero regrets that his comments to the Albuquerque Journal became fodder for conspiracy theorists. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking the 9/11 Myths: Special Report - The World Trade Center," 10 Sep. 2018 Two weeks before the primary, video of Vukmir badmouthing Trump in 2016 re-emerged and became fodder for TV ads attacking her loyalty to the president. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Leah Vukmir projected to win Wisconsin GOP Senate primary, face Baldwin in November," 14 Aug. 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 How to pronounce fodder (audio) \

Kids Definition of fodder

: coarse dry food (as cornstalks) for livestock

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