Definition of fodder in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfädər/


1Food, especially dried hay or feed, for cattle and other livestock.
Example sentences
  • The lower level is used to house livestock, fodder, food, and firewood, while the upper story holds the living quarters.
  • But much more fertile land is required to grow food and fodder for their livestock.
  • Of course, a Laloo or two might deal with straw meant as fodder for cattle, but he is definitely no man of straw!
1.1A person or thing regarded only as material for a specific use: young people ending up as factory fodder See also cannon fodder.
More example sentences
  • One had only to turn elsewhere in the Times to find the kind of news that is fodder for editorial writers.
  • I offer this material as fodder for lexicographers, along with some speculations about the development of innovative moreso/ more so.
  • Since when had Jaws, the film that inaugurated the summer blockbuster, been regarded as cult fodder?


[with object]
Give fodder to (cattle or other livestock).
Example sentences
  • Irish livestock hauliers make use of staging posts to ensure that animals are rested, foddered and watered at regular intervals.
  • Celia Fiennes in 1698 described ‘villages of sad little huts I took them at first sight for barns to fodder cattle in.’
  • The preparation was top class and credit to the ladies committee who were at their best and made sure everyone was watered and foddered.


Old English fōdor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch voeder and German Futter, also to food.

  • food from Old English:

    Recorded since the beginning of the 11th century, food is related to fodder (Old English) and foster (Old English), originally found in the sense ‘feed, nourish’. It can refer to mental as well as physical nourishment—the expression food for thought to indicate something that deserves serious consideration has been in use since the early 19th century. Cannon fodder for soldiers regarded as expendable dates from the First World War.

Words that rhyme with fodder

dodder, plodder, prodder

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Syllabification: fod·der

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