fother

noun
foth·​er | \ ˈfät͟hə(r)\
variants: or fodder \ -​ädə-​ \
plural -s

Definition of fother

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 now dialectal, England : load especially : wagonload
2 : any of various units of weight for lead especially : a modern unit equal to 19¹/₂ hundredweights

fother

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Definition of fother (Entry 2 of 3)

dialectal variant of

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-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of fother (Entry 3 of 3)

: to cover (a sail or piece of canvas) especially with oakum or rope yarn for use in temporarily stopping a leak in the hull of a ship

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History and Etymology for fother

Noun

Middle English, from Old English fōther; akin to Old High German fuodar cartload, Old English fæthm embracing or outstretched arms

Transitive verb

probably modification of Low German fodern to line, from Middle Low German vōderen, from vōder lining; akin to Gothic fodr sheath

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