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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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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The rival Koreas’ long, bitter history will provide skeptics with ample fodder to doubt that any real deal can be reached. Washington Post, "Rival Koreas’ leaders face high stakes at historic summit," 26 Apr. 2018 But the Pacers are much better than the first-round fodder James has been used to playing the last few seasons. Rohan Nadkarni,, "The Cavaliers Could Use a Role Player Like Bojan Bogdanovic," 20 Apr. 2018 Being right, by the way, is perfectly consistent with Mr. Putin having supplied the fodder. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "The Comey Coverup," 17 Apr. 2018 Changes like this one, though, are fodder for critics who say Google is slowly converting Chrome from a neutral platform into something designed to push people toward Google services and the Google way of doing things. James Vincent, The Verge, "Google criticized for Chrome change that logs users in without telling them," 24 Sep. 2018 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

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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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