Definition of fodder in English:


Line breaks: fod¦der
Pronunciation: /ˈfɒdə


[mass noun]
1Food, especially dried hay or straw, for cattle and other livestock.
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  • 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
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  • 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?


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Give fodder to (cattle or other livestock): the animals need foddering
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  • 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.

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