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[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
First recorded in 1945-50; oat + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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
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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.
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