[ oh-ter ]
/ ˈoʊ tər /

noun Slang.

a movie, television show, etc., about the frontier days of the U.S. West; western; horse opera.

Nearby words

  1. oat cell,
  2. oat cell carcinoma,
  3. oat grass,
  4. oatcake,
  5. oaten,
  6. oates,
  7. oates, joyce carol,
  8. oates, titus,
  9. oath,
  10. oaths

Origin of oater

First recorded in 1945–50; oat + -er1

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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