[ fod-er ]
/ ˈfɒd ər /


coarse food for livestock, composed of entire plants, including leaves, stalks, and grain, of such forages as corn and sorghum.
people considered as readily available and of little value: cannon fodder.
raw material: fodder for a comedian's routine.

verb (used with object)

to feed with or as if with fodder.

Origin of fodder

before 1000; Middle English; Old English fodder, fōdor; cognate with German Futter; akin to food

Synonym study

1. See feed. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fodder


/ (ˈfɒdə) /


bulk feed for livestock, esp hay, straw, etc
raw experience or materialfodder for the imagination


(tr) to supply (livestock) with fodder

Word Origin for fodder

Old English fōdor; related to Old Norse fōthr, Old High German fuotar; see food, forage
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Word Origin and History for fodder



Old English fodder "food," especially "food for cattle," from Proto-Germanic *fodran (cf. Old Norse foðr, Middle Dutch voeder, Old High German fuotar, German Futter), from PIE *patrom, from *pa- "to feed" (see food).

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