Definition of fodder in US English:

fodder

noun

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

    • ‘But much more fertile land is required to grow food and fodder for their livestock.’
    • ‘Neither do flowers provide food for the family and fodder for the cattle.’
    • ‘Where possible avoid purchasing fodder from other livestock farms.’
    • ‘Of course, a Laloo or two might deal with straw meant as fodder for cattle, but he is definitely no man of straw!’
    • ‘Farmers need a helping hand with assistance for the transport of fodder, livestock and water.’
    • ‘The massive use of fertilizers and industrial fodder for livestock also contributed to the increase in productivity per head.’
    • ‘Also, she continues, weeds are fodder for livestock and a large source of leafy greens in a rural family's diet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's also a desperate need to help people have their livestock survive by getting fodder to them.’
    • ‘Vast acreages of soybeans are grown as fodder for cattle and pigs.’
    • ‘He said the worries of the farmers facing the shortage of green fodder for their cattle may soon be over.’
    • ‘Maize and beet are widely grown in the Park by organic and non-organic farmers as livestock fodder crops.’
    • ‘The drying up of food, fodder and feed will eventually affect milk production.’
    • ‘In a stilt house, the shed under the living floor serves as shelter for livestock and storage for fodder.’
    • ‘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 other words, it should provide and recycle everything it needs: livestock fodder, fertilizer, and nutrients.’
    • ‘The trees inhibited the growth of fodder for livestock, and many peasants destroyed or crippled the oaks in their fields.’
    • ‘And there are few signs of improvement on the horizon: Farmers in France are dipping into their winter fodder stocks to feed cattle.’
    • ‘In winter, cattle eat fodder which lacks the pigment and dairy products are naturally paler.’
    feed, food, foodstuff, herbage, pasturage
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    1. 1.1 A person or thing regarded only as material for a specific use.
      ‘young people ending up as factory fodder’
      See also cannon fodder
      • ‘So is all of this media attention just summertime fodder for news-starved journalists?’
      • ‘This would also provide tremendous fodder for analysis of the social networks implicit in links.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, I am glad that I am fodder for computational linguists.’
      • ‘While ‘love’ has been a favorite fodder for poets and playwrights, scientific efforts have been less prolific.’
      • ‘A thoroughly good time was had by all, and the waiter will have therapy fodder for years.’
      • ‘One had only to turn elsewhere in the Times to find the kind of news that is fodder for editorial writers.’
      • ‘Since when had Jaws, the film that inaugurated the summer blockbuster, been regarded as cult fodder?’
      • ‘I offer this material as fodder for lexicographers, along with some speculations about the development of innovative moreso/ more so.’
      • ‘And, at one level, it's hard to blame workers because they were disposable fodder for employers for long enough.’
      • ‘A negotiating victory ‘over Europe’ would provide referendum fodder for the most jingoistic elements of the media.’
      • ‘Wines produced on the shores of Lake Garda are often regarded as tourist fodder by lovers of serious Italian rossi.’
      • ‘Lucky for us, scientists are providing ample fodder.’
      • ‘Apple manipulates several narratives to continue to make its products interesting fodder for journalists.’
      • ‘Either of these would make excellent narrative fodder, but I fear exposure through specific disclosure and the spectre of losing my job.’
      • ‘Will the paper - provisionally called The World - ever become more than fodder for media columns?’
      • ‘There is more to one of Scotland's top comedians than reality-TV fodder and tabloid headlines.’
      • ‘In her mind, slave markets were merely fodder for tales designed to shock defiant little girls into greater obedience.’
      • ‘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.’

verb

[with object]
  • 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.’

Origin

Old English fōdor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch voeder and German Futter, also to food.

Pronunciation

fodder

/ˈfädər//ˈfɑdər/