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[tey-ter] /ˈteɪ tər/
noun, Dialect.
Origin of tater
1750-60; by aphesis, and dial. substitution of -er for final -o; see feller1 Unabridged
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a dialect word for potato
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1759, colloquial pronunciation of potato.

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  1. A home run: the man who hit all those long taters in the American League/ Bolton insisted the outfield fences be moved in, thus allowing his own team's heavy hitters to launch their taters
  2. A potato: meat and taters/ Fry up some taters for lunch

[1960s+ Baseball; perhaps fr earlier Negro League use revived by George ''Boomer'' Scott when he joined the Boston Red Sox in 1966]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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