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.

Nearby words

  1. focus puller,
  2. focused,
  3. focused strategy,
  4. focusing cloth,
  5. focusing screen,
  6. fodderbeet,
  7. fodgel,
  8. foe,
  9. foefie slide,
  10. foehn

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

Examples from the Web for fodder

British Dictionary definitions for fodder



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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