oat

[ oht ]
/ oʊt /

noun

a cereal grass, Avena sativa, cultivated for its edible seed.
Usually oats. (used with a singular or plural verb) the seed of this plant, used as a food for humans and animals.
any of several plants of the same genus, as the wild oat.
Archaic. a musical pipe made of an oat straw.

Idioms

    feel one's oats, Informal.
    1. to feel frisky or lively.
    2. to be aware of and use one's importance or power.
    sow one's wild oats. wild oat(def 3).

Origin of oat

before 900; Middle English ote, Old English āte

Related forms

oat·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for feel one's oats

oat

/ (əʊt) /

noun

Word Origin for oat

Old English āte, of obscure origin
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Idioms and Phrases with feel one's oats

feel one's oats


1

Feel frisky or animated, as in School was out, and they were feeling their oats. This usage alludes to the behavior of a horse after having been fed. [Early 1800s]

2

Display self-importance, as in He was feeling his oats, bossing everyone around. [Mid-1800s]

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