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Webster 1913 Edition


Fodder

Fod′der

(fŏd′dẽr)
,
Noun.
[See 1st
Fother
.]
A weight by which lead and some other metals were formerly sold, in England, varying from 19½ to 24 cwt.; a fother.
[Obs.]

Fod′der

(fŏd′dẽr)
,
Noun.
[AS.
fōdder
, fōddor, fodder (also sheath case), fr.
fōda
food; akin to D.
voeder
, OHG.
fuotar
, G.
futter
, Icel.
fōðr
, Sw. & Dan.
foder
. √75. See
Food
and cf.
Forage
,
Fur
.]
That which is fed out to cattle horses, and sheep, as hay, cornstalks, vegetables, etc.

Fod′der

(fŏd′dẽr)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Foddered
(fŏd′dẽrd)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Foddering
.]
To feed, as cattle, with dry food or cut grass, etc.; to furnish with hay, straw, oats, etc.

Webster 1828 Edition


Fodder

FOD'DER

, n.
1.
Food or dry food for cattle, horses and sheep, as hay, straw and other kinds of vegetables. The word is never applied to pasture.
2.
In mining, a measure containing 20 hundred, or 22 1/2 hundred.

FOD'DER

,
Verb.
T.
To feed with dry food, or cut grass, &c.; to furnish with hay, straw, oats, &c. Farmers fodder their cattle twice or thrice in a day.

Definition 2021


Fodder

Fodder

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Saterland Frisian

Noun

Fodder n

  1. fodder

Synonyms

fodder

fodder

See also: Fodder

English

Noun

fodder (countable and uncountable, plural fodders)

  1. Food for animals; that which is fed to cattle, horses, and sheep, such as hay, cornstalks, vegetables, etc.
    • 1598?, William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona,Act I, scene I:
      The sheep for fodder follow the shepherd, the shepherd for food follows not the sheep.
  2. (historical) A load: various English units of weight or volume based upon standardized cartloads of certain commodities, generally around 1000 kg.
    • 1866, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 1, p. 168:
      Now measured by the old hundred, that is, 108 lbs. the charrus contains nearly 19 1/2 hundreds, that is it corresponds to the fodder, or fother, of modern times.
  3. (slang, drafting, design) Tracing paper.
  4. (figuratively) Something which serves as inspiration or encouragement, especially for satire or humour.
    • 2012 April 29, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Treehouse of Horror III” (season 4, episode 5; originally aired 10/29/1992)”, in (Please provide the title of the work):
      According to the audio commentary on “Treehouse Of Horror III,” some of the creative folks at The Simpsons were concerned that the “Treehouse Of Horror” franchise had outworn its welcome and was rapidly running out of classic horror or science-fiction fodder to spoof.
  5. (cryptic crosswords) The text to be operated on (anagrammed, etc.) within a clue.
    • 2009, "Colin Blackburn", another 1-off cryptic clue. (on newsgroup rec.puzzles.crosswords)
      In (part of) Shelley's poem Ozymandias is a "crumbling statue". If this is the explanation then the clue is not a reverse cryptic in the same was[sic] as GEGS -> SCRAMBLED EGGS but a normal clue where where the fodder and anagrind are *both* indirect.
    • 2012, David Astle, Puzzled: Secrets and clues from a life in words
      Insane Roman! (4) [] Look in -sane Roman and you'll uncover NERO, the insane Roman. Dovetailing the signpost in with the hidden fodder sane Roman is inspired, an embedded style of signposting.

Synonyms

Hyponyms

  • (cartload): See load

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

fodder (third-person singular simple present fodders, present participle foddering, simple past and past participle foddered)

  1. (dialect) To feed animals (with fodder).

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