Fodder vs Wherewithal - What's the difference?

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Fodder is a related term of wherewithal.

As nouns the difference between fodder and wherewithal

is that fodder is food for animals; that which is fed to cattle, horses, and sheep, such as hay, cornstalks, vegetables, etc while wherewithal is the ability and means required to accomplish some task.

As a verb fodder

is (dialect) to feed animals (with fodder).

As an adverb wherewithal is

(archaic) in what way; how.




  • 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.
  • A weight by which lead and some other metals were formerly sold, in England, varying from 19 1/2 to 24 cwt (993 to 1222 kg).; a fother.
  • * 1866 , James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England , Volume 1, p. 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) Something which serves as inspiration or encouragement, especially for satire or humour.
  • * '>citation
  • 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.'' (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 the fodder and anagrind are *both* indirect.
  • * 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.


    * (animal food) provender

    Derived terms

    * cannon fodder * fodder radish


    (en verb)
  • (dialect) To feed animals (with fodder).
  • Anagrams





  • The ability and means required to accomplish some task.
  • * I would like to help your project, but I do not have the wherewithal .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=December 15 , author=Felicity Cloake , title=How to cook the perfect nut roast , work=Guardian citation , page= , passage=Christmas queen Mary Berry's aubergine five-nut roast, from her Christmas Collection, is, as the name suggests, rather more focused on the nut side of things. Breadcrumbs play second fiddle to a medley of almonds, Brazils, chestnuts, pine nuts and pistachios which, although tangy with lemon juice and garlic, is outrageously dense. A single slice of this could leave you supine in front of the Queen's speech without even the wherewithal to reach for the remote control.}}
  • * 1986 , , Penguin, paperback edition, page 67:
  • "I just can't imagine," Philip said, "having that kind of self-knowledge, that kind of...wherewithal at fifteen.[...]"


  • (archaic) In what way; how.
  • * 1662 , , Psalm 119:9,
  • Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?