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 formsoat·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for oats

oat

/ (əʊt) /

noun

Word Origin for oat

Old English āte, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for oats

oat


n.
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Idioms and Phrases with oats

oats


see feel one's oats; sow one's wild oats.

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