From Middle English, from Old English fōdor, from Proto-Germanic *fōdrą (compare West Frisian foer, Dutch voer 'pasture, fodder', German Futter 'feed', Danish and Swedish foder), from *fōdô 'food', from Proto-Indo-European *pat- 'to feed', *peh₂- (“to guard, graze, feed”). More at food.
fodder (countable and uncountable; plural fodders)
- Food for animals; that which is fed to cattle, horses, and sheep, such as hay, cornstalks, vegetables, etc.
- 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.
- 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.
- (slang, drafting, design) Tracing paper.
- (figuratively) Something which serves as inspiration or encouragement, especially for satire or humour.
Derived terms 
food for animals
- Korean: 꼴 (ko) (kkol) (grass), 먹이 (ko) (meogi), 사료 (ko) (飼料, saryo)
- Sorani: ئالیک (ku) (alik)
- Latin: cibus (la), pābulum (la) n
- Macedonian: крма (mk) (k'rma) f, сточна храна (mk) (stóčna hrána) f, помија (mk) (pómija) f
- Polish: karma (pl) f (for pets), obrok (pl) m (for horses), pasza (pl) f (for other animals)
- Portuguese: forragem (pt) f
- Romanian: furaj (ro), nutreț (ro), strânsură (ro)
- Russian: корм (ru) (korm) m , фураж (ru) (furáž) m
- Cyrillic: крма (sh), крмиво (sh), сплачина (sh), помиjа (sh)
- Spanish: forraje (es) m, pienso (es) m
- Swedish: foder (sv) n
- Turkish: yem (tr)
- Võro: süüt
fodder (third-person singular simple present fodders, present participle foddering, simple past and past participle foddered)
- (dialect) To feed animals (with fodder).