- oater (n.) Western film, "horse opera," 1946, from OAT (Cf. oat), as the typical food of horses.
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oater — [ōt′ər] n. [from oats fed to horses] Slang WESTERN (n. 2) … English World dictionary
oater — noun /ˈo.tɚ/ A movie or television show about cowboy or frontier life; a western movie. In recent years the western or horse opera, known in the trade as the oater, has come to be recognized as an art form just as formal as the ballet or the… … Wiktionary
oater — [“oda> ] n. a Western movie. (From the oats that the horses eat. See also horse opera.) □ I don’t want to see an oater. Isn’t anything else showing? □ Let’s go out and see a good old fashioned oater … Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions
oater — noun Date: 1946 western 2 … New Collegiate Dictionary
oater — /oh teuhr/, n. Slang. a movie, television show, etc., about the frontier days of the U.S. West; western; horse opera. [1945 50; OAT + ER1] * * * … Universalium
OATER — See HORSE OPERA … Westerns in Cinema
Oater — western movie … Dictionary of Australian slang
oater — Australian Slang western movie … English dialects glossary
oater — É™ÊŠtÉ™(r) n. western film (Slang, from oats favorite horse food) … English contemporary dictionary
oater — noun informal, chiefly US a western film. Origin 1950s: derivative of oat, with allusion to horse feed … English new terms dictionary