- to feel frisky or lively.
- to be aware of and use one's importance or power.
Origin of oat
Related formsoat·like, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for feel one's oats
- to feel exuberant
- to feel self-important
Word Origin for oat
Idioms and Phrases with feel one's oats
feel one's oats
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]
Display self-importance, as in He was feeling his oats, bossing everyone around. [Mid-1800s]