O o


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [oht]
    • /oʊt/
    • /əʊts/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [oht]
    • /oʊt/

Definitions of oats word

  • noun oats a cereal grass, Avena sativa, cultivated for its edible seed. 1
  • noun oats Usually, oats. (used with a singular or plural verb) the seed of this plant, used as a food for humans and animals. 1
  • noun oats any of several plants of the same genus, as the wild oat. 1
  • noun oats Archaic. a musical pipe made of an oat straw. 1
  • idioms oats feel one's oats, Informal. to feel frisky or lively. to be aware of and use one's importance or power. 1
  • idioms oats sow one's wild oats. wild oat (def 3). 1

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Origin of oats

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English ote, Old English āte

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Parts of speech for Oats


oats popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

oats usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for oats

noun oats

  • bran — Bran is the outer skin of grain that is left when the grain has been used to make flour.
  • corn — Corn is used to refer to crops such as wheat and barley. It can also be used to refer to the seeds from these plants.
  • grain — granularity
  • riceAnne, born 1941, U.S. novelist.
  • wheat — the grain of any cereal grass of the genus Triticum, especially T. aestivum, used in the form of flour for making bread, cakes, etc., and for other culinary and nutritional purposes.

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