Breeder vs Foster - What's the difference?

breeder | foster |

As a noun breeder

is a person who breeds plants or animals professionally.

As a proper noun foster is

, variant of forster.



(en noun)
  • A person who breeds plants or animals professionally.
  • (gay slang, derogatory) A heterosexual; i.e. one whose sexual intercourse can lead to breeding.
  • Since the breeders started coming here, you can never tell who likes cock.
  • A type of nuclear reactor that creates material suitable for the production of atomic weapons. (See Wikipedia's article on s.)
  • (slang, derogatory) a person who has had or who is capable of having children; a person who is focussed on the rearing of their own children.
  • * 1729 :
  • The number of souls in this kingdom being usually reckoned one million and a half, of these I calculate there may be about two hundred thousand couple whose wives are breeders'; from which number I subtract thirty thousand couples who are able to maintain their own children, although I apprehend there cannot be so many, under the present distresses of the kingdom; but this being granted, there will remain an hundred and seventy thousand ' breeders .
  • (cellular automata) A pattern that exhibits quadratic growth by generating multiple copies of a secondary pattern, each of which then generates multiple copies of a tertiary pattern.
  • Derived terms

    * stockbreeder




  • Providing parental care to unrelated children.
  • Receiving such care
  • Related by such care
  • Noun

  • (countable, obsolete) A forester
  • (uncountable) The care given to another; guardianship
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To nurture or bring up offspring; or to provide similar parental care to an unrelated child.
  • To cultivate and grow something.
  • Our company fosters an appreciation for the arts.
  • To nurse or cherish something.
  • (obsolete) To be nurtured or trained up together.
  • (Spenser)


    * (cultivate and grow) hinder

    Derived terms

    * fosterable * fosterage * foster-child, foster child * fosterer * foster home * fosterhood * fostering * fosterment * foster parent


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