American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Feed for livestock, especially coarsely chopped hay or straw.
- n. Raw material, as for artistic creation.
- n. A consumable, often inferior item or resource that is in demand and usually abundant supply: romantic novels intended as fodder for the pulp fiction market.
- v. To feed with fodder.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Food for cattle, horses, and sheep, as hay, straw, and other kinds of vegetables. The word is usually confined to food that grows above ground and is fed in bulk.
- n. Synonyms See feed, n.
- To feed with dry food or cut grass, etc.; supply with hay, straw, etc.: as, farmers fodder their cattle twice or thrice in a day.
- To graze, as cattle.
- n. A variant of fother.
- n. Food for animals.
- n. A weight by which lead and some other metals were formerly sold, in England, varying from 19 1/2 to 24 cwt (993 to 1222 kg).; a fodder.
- n. slang, drafting, design Tracing paper.
- n. figuratively Something which serves as inspiration or encouragement, especially for satire or humour.
- v. dialect To feed animals (with fodder).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A weight by which lead and some other metals were formerly sold, in England, varying from 191/2 to 24 cwt.; a fother.
- n. That which is fed out to cattle horses, and sheep, as hay, cornstalks, vegetables, etc.
- v. To feed, as cattle, with dry food or cut grass, etc.; to furnish with hay, straw, oats, etc.
- v. give fodder (to domesticated animals)
- n. coarse food (especially for livestock) composed of entire plants or the leaves and stalks of a cereal crop
- n. soldiers who are regarded as expendable in the face of artillery fire
- Old English fōdor, from Proto-Germanic *fōdran (compare Dutch voer 'pasture, fodder', German Futter 'feed', Swedish foder), from *fōda 'food', from Proto-Indo-European *pat- 'to feed'. More at food. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English fōdor; see pā- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the fall corn was gathered, first by topping it and the tops were then used in making what they called a fodder house, by sticking crotches in the ground and covering with stalks, often being forty rods in length, then the corn was taken off and thrown into piles, shucks all on.”
“Hay is scarcely ever used in this part of the country, but, in place of it, the inhabitants feed their cattle with what they call fodder, the leaves of the Indian corn-plant.”
“Obviously you gents don't realize that we have both summer and winter runs that you can fish for in lots of little creeks that flow directly to the ocean ... lots of log jams, underbrush and yes you can really crush em on a slinky and glo bug ... but what this fodder is about is really transplanted steelhead that have lost any inkling to their genetic strain and are a fine game fish at that.”
“I doubt they'd call it "determination to remain fodder," but there are certainly self-fulfilling negative prophecies at work.”
“Will this session be the one where we charted a definitive new course and returned to our proud roots as the Land of Lincoln - or did we squander the opportunity and thereby remain fodder for Saturday Night Live's next popular skit?”
“Exactly we are cannon fodder (maybe coffin fodder) to them … walking wallets to drain and ditch.”
“The key to finding good humor fodder is that the story must be NEARLY funny without being completely funny on its own.”
“Presumably it made the crossing in fodder or bedding for domestic animals.”
“This is a conversation hubby and I need to have again. .thanks for the brain fodder! gingajoy Said,”
“Fodder production per harvest and long-term fodder production both increase when the first harvest is delayed.”
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