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cannon fodder

Definition:

soldiers who are regarded as expendable in the face of artillery fire

Class:

person noun (people)

Usage:

informal

Plural:

cannon fodders

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

fodder [informal] | fresh fish [informal]

Etymology:

Middle English, from Old English fōdor, from Proto-Germanic *fōdrą (compare West...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Cannon fodder

an informal, derogatory term for military personnel who are regarded or treated as expendable in the face of enemy fire. The term is generally used in situations where soldiers are forced to deliberately fight against hopeless odds in an effort to... (41 of 1015 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Cannon fodder

Collins Dictionary:

cannon fodder

men regarded as expendable because they are part of a huge army (12 of 443 words, 8 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/cannon-fodder

Merriam-Webster:

cannon fodder

soldiers regarded or treated as expendable in battle | an expendable or exploitable person, group, or thing (16 of 62 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/cannon fodder

Macmillan British Dictionary:

cannon fodder [uncountable]

ordinary soldiers whose lives are not considered important during war | a person or group that is used by other people to help them achieve something, ... (25 of 56 words, 2 definitions)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/cannon-fodder

Oxford Dictionary:

cannon fodder

soldiers regarded merely as material to be expended in war (10 of 45 words, 1 usage example)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/cannon-fodder

Cambridge Dictionary:

cannon fodder

If you describe soldiers as cannon fodder, you mean that they are not considered important by their officers and are sent into war without their ... (25 of 35 words)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cannon-fodder

American Heritage Dictionary:

cannon fodder

Soldiers, sailors, or other military personnel regarded as likely to be killed or wounded in combat. (16 of 19 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cannon-fodder

New World Dictionary:

cannon fodder

soldiers, sailors, etc. thought of as being expended (i.e., killed or maimed) or expendable in war (16 of 18 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cannon-fodder

Random House Dictionary:

cannon fodder

soldiers, especially infantrymen, who run the greatest risk of being wounded or killed in warfare. (15 of 17 words)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/cannon-fodder

Wiktionary:

cannon fodder | forlorn hope [synonym, sense-specific]

military forces considered to be expendable | [rare] artillery ammunition (9 of 10 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/cannon fodder

Encarta Dictionary:

cannon fodder

members of the lowest ranks of the military, regarded as an expendable resource in wartime | a person or group regarded as a resource to be exploited ... (26 of 41 words, 2 definitions)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861687085​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

fodder | foddered [past tense] | foddering [present participle] | fodders [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English fōdor, from Proto-Germanic *fōdrą (compare West Frisian foer, Dutch voer 'pasture, fodder', German Futter 'feed', Danish and Swedish foder), from *fōdô 'food', from ... (28 of 40 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/fodder

Online Etymology:

fodder

Origin: Old English fodder "food", especially "food for cattle", from Proto-Germanic *fodran (compare Old Norse foðr, Middle Dutch ... (17 of 31 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=fodder

Merriam-Webster:

fodder

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English fōdor; akin to Old High German fuotar food

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/fodder

Oxford Dictionary:

fodder

Origin: Old English fōdor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch voeder and German Futter, also to "food"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/fodder

Collins Dictionary:

fodder

Origin: Old English fōdor; related to Old Norse fōthr, Old High German fuotar; see food, forage

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fodder

New World Dictionary:

fodder

Origin: Middle English from Old English fodor (akin to German futter) from base of foda, "food"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fodder

American Heritage Dictionary:

fodder | foddered [past tense] | foddering [present participle] | fodders [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English fōdor; see pā- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fodder

Encarta Dictionary:

fodder | foddered [past tense] | foddering [present participle] | fodders [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old English fōdor from Indo-European, "to feed"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861612624​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

fodder | foddered [past tense] | foddering [present participle] | fodders [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "fodder"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

cannon fodder [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "cannon fodder"

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fodder [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "fodder"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

cannon fodder [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "cannon fodder"

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fodder [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "fodder"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

cannon fodder

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "cannon fodder"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "cannon fodder"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/cannon-fodder

fodder [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "fodder"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "fodder"

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Google Dictionary:

cannon fodder

Audio: Pronunciation associated with "cannon fodder"

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fodder | foddered [past tense] | foddering [present participle] | fodders [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "fodder"

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YourDictionary Audio:

cannon fodder

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "cannon fodder" by speech synthesizer

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fodder

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Collins Dictionary:

fodder

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "fodder"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fodder

the Free Dictionary:

fodder

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "fodder"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "fodder"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "fodder" by speech synthesizer

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

fodder

Audio: North American pronunciation of "fodder"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=fodder​01 word=fodder

freedictionary.org:

fodder

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "fodder" by speech synthesizer

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