• (GA) IPA: /ˈfɑdɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈfɒdə/


  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.
  3. (slang, drafting, design) Tracing paper.
  4. (figurative) Stuff; material; something that serves as inspiration or encouragement, especially for satire or humour.
    • 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[sic] the fodder and anagrind are *both* indirect.
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fodder (fodders, present participle foddering; past and past participle foddered)

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

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