Try Our Apps


Is irregardless a word?


[oh-ter] /ˈoʊ tər/
noun, Slang.
a movie, television show, etc., about the frontier days of the U.S. West; western; horse opera.
Origin of oater
1945-50; oat + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for oater

Western film, "horse opera," 1946, from oat, as the typical food of horses.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for oater


n,n phr

Acowboy movie; western; horse opera: horse operas, also known as sagebrushers or oaters/ the deputy marshall in the oateater (1951+ Movie studio)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for oater

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for oater

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for oater