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.
Recent Examples on the Web Fine fodder, to my mind, for a couple of hours at a venerable, neighborhood Chicago theater, especially since Green stages the play very crisply and honestly. Chris Jones,, "Is sexual attraction just chemistry? That’s the question in ‘The Effect’ at Strawdog Theatre," 22 Oct. 2019 The scandals that punctuated Downton’s six seasons were also expected television fodder, from mysterious murders to torrid affairs. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "Michelle Dockery, Allen Leech, and Laura Carmichael's Grand Return to Downton Abbey," 16 Sep. 2019 Cattle herders resort to the few remaining trees for animal fodder, denuding the landscape even further in a downward spiral of desertification. Aryn Baker / Mbar Toubab, Time, "Can a 4,815-Mile Wall of Trees Help Curb Climate Change in Africa?," 12 Sep. 2019 The current reality, in which President Donald Trump and leaders in Congress provide daily - if not hourly - fodder for comedians, is a challenge, Black says. Kristi Turnquist,, "Oregon-filmed Netflix comedy 'Everything Sucks!' gets premiere date, trailer," 16 Jan. 2018 Perhaps what that confirms is that the underlying facts of Trump’s wrongdoing and his denial of them are less compelling fodder in the impeachment court of public opinion than the conduct of Congress itself. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "What Would a Fair Impeachment Trial Look Like?," 29 Jan. 2020 Hansen’s 1988 model ultimately predicted about 50% more warming for the coming decades than actually occurred, giving fodder to skeptics’ arguments that scientists were exaggerating the issue of global warming. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Climate Models Got It Right on Global Warming," 5 Dec. 2019 His presence in the race would offer fodder to the party’s rising populist wing, led by Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders, who contend that the extremely rich already wield far too much influence in politics. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Michael Bloomberg Actively Prepares to Enter 2020 Presidential Race," 7 Nov. 2019 John Lewis and Tlaib, introduced a resolution that would only give him additional fodder. Alana Abramson, Time, "'I Believe in My Work.' How Rep. Ilhan Omar Rose From Refugee to Trump's Top Target," 18 July 2019

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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 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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