Share this entry

Share this page

provender

Line breaks: prov|en¦der
Pronunciation: /ˈprɒvɪndə
 
/

Definition of provender in English:

noun

[mass noun] dated
1Animal fodder: to raise the prices of provender for cattle, importation has been severely curtailed
More example sentences
  • Current costs consisted of provender, i.e. fodder and bedding, the pay of the workers who looked after the horses, and shoeing.
  • Running carrier services efficiently involved considerable expenditure on horses together with their equipment and provender.
  • The owner attached some provender to a rod, and suspended it over the animal's head. The animal, seeing these viands almost within reach, stepped gayly forward to consume them.
1.1chiefly humorous Food: there’s no one to carry your provender in brown paper bags to the boot of your car
More example sentences
  • The children refuse all human food until they are given newly shelled beans, upon which provender they subsist until they learn to eat bread.
  • We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.
  • As the rocket and purslane disappeared, I began to forage Greenmarket for fall provender.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French provendre, based on an alteration of Latin praebenda 'things to be supplied' (see prebend).

Definition of provender in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day verbose
Pronunciation: vəːˈbəʊs
adjective
using more words than are needed…