[ oht ]
/ oʊt /
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.
- to feel frisky or lively.
- to be aware of and use one's importance or power.
feel one's oats, Informal.
sow one's wild oats. wild oat(def 3).
Origin of oat
before 900; Middle English ote, Old English āte
Related formsoat·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for oatlike
/ (əʊt) /
an erect annual grass, Avena sativa, grown in temperate regions for its edible seed
(usually plural) the seeds or fruits of this grass
any of various other grasses of the genus Avena, such as the wild oat
poetic a flute made from an oat straw
feel one's oats US and Canadian informal
- to feel exuberant
- to feel self-important
get one's oats slang to have sexual intercourse
sow one's oats or sow one's wild oats to indulge in adventure or promiscuity during youth
Word Origin for oat
Old English āte, of obscure origin
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