Definition of fodder in English:



  • 1Food, especially dried hay or feed, for cattle and other livestock.

    • ‘In other words, it should provide and recycle everything it needs: livestock fodder, fertilizer, and nutrients.’
    • ‘The horse chestnut seed is poisonous to humans if eaten as a food, though the seeds are sometimes fed to horses and cattle as fodder.’
    • ‘Vast acreages of soybeans are grown as fodder for cattle and pigs.’
    • ‘Of course, a Laloo or two might deal with straw meant as fodder for cattle, but he is definitely no man of straw!’
    • ‘Where possible avoid purchasing fodder from other livestock farms.’
    • ‘Neither do flowers provide food for the family and fodder for the cattle.’
    • ‘Also, she continues, weeds are fodder for livestock and a large source of leafy greens in a rural family's diet.’
    • ‘In a stilt house, the shed under the living floor serves as shelter for livestock and storage for fodder.’
    • ‘And there are few signs of improvement on the horizon: Farmers in France are dipping into their winter fodder stocks to feed cattle.’
    • ‘The massive use of fertilizers and industrial fodder for livestock also contributed to the increase in productivity per head.’
    • ‘But much more fertile land is required to grow food and fodder for their livestock.’
    • ‘Farmers need a helping hand with assistance for the transport of fodder, livestock and water.’
    • ‘Maize and beet are widely grown in the Park by organic and non-organic farmers as livestock fodder crops.’
    • ‘The trees inhibited the growth of fodder for livestock, and many peasants destroyed or crippled the oaks in their fields.’
    • ‘There's also a desperate need to help people have their livestock survive by getting fodder to them.’
    • ‘The drying up of food, fodder and feed will eventually affect milk production.’
    • ‘He said the worries of the farmers facing the shortage of green fodder for their cattle may soon be over.’
    • ‘The lower level is used to house livestock, fodder, food, and firewood, while the upper story holds the living quarters.’
    • ‘All that land has been occupied by this company and none of the crops which are grown on that land are useful as fodder for livestock.’
    • ‘In winter, cattle eat fodder which lacks the pigment and dairy products are naturally paler.’
    1. 1.1A person or thing regarded only as material for a specific use.
      ‘young people ending up as factory fodder’
      See also cannon fodder
      • ‘A negotiating victory ‘over Europe’ would provide referendum fodder for the most jingoistic elements of the media.’
      • ‘I offer this material as fodder for lexicographers, along with some speculations about the development of innovative moreso/ more so.’
      • ‘Wines produced on the shores of Lake Garda are often regarded as tourist fodder by lovers of serious Italian rossi.’
      • ‘One had only to turn elsewhere in the Times to find the kind of news that is fodder for editorial writers.’
      • ‘While ‘love’ has been a favorite fodder for poets and playwrights, scientific efforts have been less prolific.’
      • ‘This would also provide tremendous fodder for analysis of the social networks implicit in links.’
      • ‘There is more to one of Scotland's top comedians than reality-TV fodder and tabloid headlines.’
      • ‘So is all of this media attention just summertime fodder for news-starved journalists?’
      • ‘What better fodder for movie makers or military strategists?’
      • ‘The works of French painters were occasional fodder for artistic courtiers of Louis XV.’
      • ‘All of the people around her were military fodder; completely uninterested, unconcerned with anything philosophical.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, I am glad that I am fodder for computational linguists.’
      • ‘Will the paper - provisionally called The World - ever become more than fodder for media columns?’
      • ‘Either of these would make excellent narrative fodder, but I fear exposure through specific disclosure and the spectre of losing my job.’
      • ‘Since when had Jaws, the film that inaugurated the summer blockbuster, been regarded as cult fodder?’
      • ‘Lucky for us, scientists are providing ample fodder.’
      • ‘Apple manipulates several narratives to continue to make its products interesting fodder for journalists.’
      • ‘And, at one level, it's hard to blame workers because they were disposable fodder for employers for long enough.’
      • ‘In her mind, slave markets were merely fodder for tales designed to shock defiant little girls into greater obedience.’
      • ‘A thoroughly good time was had by all, and the waiter will have therapy fodder for years.’


  • Give fodder to (cattle or other livestock)

    • ‘Celia Fiennes in 1698 described ‘villages of sad little huts I took them at first sight for barns to fodder cattle in.’’
    • ‘Irish livestock hauliers make use of staging posts to ensure that animals are rested, foddered and watered at regular intervals.’
    • ‘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.