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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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 Should Gonzaga go on to win its first national title, the debate over what was the biggest play in saving the season against UCLA will be fodder for barstool conversations for decades. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Gonzaga-UCLA gave us an unexpected masterpiece in this men's Final Four," 4 Apr. 2021 But the issue seems certain to be fodder for the 2022 campaign. Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, "Voting rights clash brewing at Minnesota Capitol," 6 Mar. 2021 Hunter Biden's questionable foreign business dealings and tabloid-esque personal life were fodder for Trump during the campaign. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "After promising ethical administration, Biden pushes boundaries with son Hunter's book," 8 Feb. 2021 President Biden gifted Republicans with 2022 campaign fodder after his candid response to a question regarding congressional Democratic support for a tax hike. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden confident of Democratic votes for 'small to significant' tax hike," 17 Mar. 2021 What happens when your high school nightmares are manifested into sitcom fodder? Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "This Nasim Pedrad Interview Will Be the Most Uncomfortable Thing You Watch All Day," 11 Mar. 2021 How about the final final straw, the one that could have filled a whole barn with ungulate fodder bound up in bales eight feet high? T. Coraghessan Boyle, The New Yorker, "The Shape of a Teardrop," 8 Mar. 2021 While the couple formerly known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex already were in the news, their lives became even bigger media fodder following Oprah Winfrey's exclusive sit-down with them. Star Tribune, "'The Crown' to ignore the current royal flap," 16 Mar. 2021 But fodder about which vaccine to get has come up already on the Facebook page Maryland Vaccine Hunters, which has become the de facto authority for many residents struggling to navigate the complex maze of online registrations. Alex Mann,, "Now’s not the time for Marylanders to be picky about which COVID vaccine they get, health experts say," 11 Mar. 2021

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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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14 Apr 2021

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“Fodder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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