Origin of tater
1750–60; by aphesis, and dial. substitution of -er for final -o; see feller1
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Examples from the Web for tater
It's made of tater tots, obviously, grilled cheese sandwiches, and burgers.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship
July 26, 2014
A very typical school meal is chicken nuggets, tater tots, canned fruit cocktail, and chocolate milk.Why America's Furious: Cornel West, Robert Reich, and More
The Daily Beast
June 2, 2011
When they asked me if I was hurt, I says, 'He snapped my dern old leg like a 'tater.'The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
But pickin' 'tater bugs wouldn't be as bad as that, to my mind.Janice Day
Helen Beecher Long
It would be nice an' hot, with thick gravy an' a tater or so.The Definite Object
My head is tater on one side, but it's all right on t'other.
And that a'n't out of the tater side, you can depend on that.
- a dialect word for potato
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Word Origin and History for tater
1759, colloquial pronunciation of potato.
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