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See also: Fodder
From Middle English fodder, foder, from Old English fōdor (“feed; fodder”), from Proto-West Germanic *fōdr, from Proto-Germanic *fōdrą, from *fōdô (“food”), from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂- (“to guard, graze, feed”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɒdə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfɑdɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ɒdə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: fod‧der
- Food for animals; that which is fed to cattle, horses, and sheep, such as hay, cornstalks, vegetables, etc.
- c. 1590–1591 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene i]:
- The sheep for fodder follow the shepherd, the shepherd for food follows not the sheep.
- (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, page 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.
- (figurative) Stuff; material; something that 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 book title or journal name):
- 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.
- (cryptic crosswords) The text to be operated on (anagrammed, etc.) within a clue.
- 2009, Colin Blackburn, “another 1-off cryptic clue.”, in rec.puzzles.crosswords (Usenet):
- 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.
- People considered to have negligible value and easily available or expendable.
- Innocent people who are arrested become fodder for the justice system.
- (cartload): See load
- (cartload): See load
food for animals
- (dialect) To feed animals (with fodder).
- 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, translated by H.L. Brækstad, Folk and Fairy Tales, page 34:
- "When I had foddered the horse, I went into the barn and took the handle of an old rake to chase the dog out with."