Meaning of bum fodder in English:

bum fodder

Pronunciation /ˈbʌm ˌfɒdə/


  • 1Toilet paper. Also occasionally: a piece of this.

  • 2Attributive and allusively. Worthless or inferior literature; any written or printed material that is perceived as useless, tedious, or unnecessary.


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Robert Heath (bap. 1620, d. c1685), poet. From bum + fodder.