1. (obsolete) A wagonload.
  2. (obsolete) A load of any sort.
  3. (historical) A load: various English units of weight or volume based upon standardized cartloads of certain commodities.
    • 1866: Now measured by the old hundred, that is, 108 lbs. the charrus contains nearly 19½ hundreds, that is it corresponds to the fodder, or fother, of modern times. —James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 1, p. 168.
  4. (dialect) Alternative form of fodder, food for animals.
    • 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 2
      He ripp'd the womb up of his mother, / Dame Tellus, 'cause he wanted fother, / And provender, wherewith to feed / Himself and his less cruel steed.
Synonyms Verb

fother (fothers, present participle fothering; past and past participle fothered)

  1. (dialect) To feed animals (with fother).
  2. (dated, nautical) To stop a leak with oakum or old rope (often by drawing a sail under the hull).

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