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From Old Norse fóðr, but see Old English fōdor, from Proto-Germanic *fōdrą (compare Dutch voer (pasture, fodder), German Futter (feed), Swedish foder), from fōda (food), from Proto-Indo-European *pat- 'to feed'. More at food.


fother (countable and uncountable, plural fothers)

  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.


  • (unspecific amount): See cartload
  • (specific amount): See load


  • (cartload): See load


fother (third-person singular simple present fothers, present participle fothering, simple 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).