Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A movie about frontier or cowboy life; a western.

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  • n. A movie or television show about cowboy or frontier life; a western movie.

Etymologies

From the prominence of horses, known for their taste for oats, in such films.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Variously dubbed the "oater," the "shoot-em-up," or a "blood and thunder" novel, the western emerged during Grey's lifetime as a major literary genre and remains one of the singular American contributions to literature and the cinema.

    Zane Grey, Romancing the West

  • Now, they're barely a separate category in Netflix and, if you order an old-fashioned "oater" from Netflix, it usually triggers some rueful "sorry, but this will take more time" email as Netflix desperately taps inventories scattered across the country.

    Information Today News Breaks

  • I can happily watch Grahame in anything, so I decided to sit there and watch this oater while going through my morning routine (in the end, I ended up watching roughly three quarters).

    Weekly Mishmash: August 9-15 : Scrubbles.net

  • The craggy, mellowing Eastwood directs himself admirably in this scenic, first-class oater, which strikes an ideal balance between character piece and action film as it portrays a rapidly changing way of life.

    The Hard-Won Legacy of Gene Hackman

  • Who'd 'uv thunk it? ... historical semi-accuracy in a Durango Kid oater?

    Laramie

  • Watch the based-on-a-real-memoir “Cowboy” with Jack Lemmon or “3:10 to Yuma”; both show off a quality that he shared with Jimmy Stewart in their oater roles, that of men whose thin veneer of control or conventionality could be stripped away in a moment.

    100 Mysteries: the Green Glove – The Bleat.

  • Raoul Walsh's Pursued is a lurid, frankly ludicrous Western that infuses a noir sensibility into the oater genre.

    2/19: Eastern Promises; Pursued

  • This deconstruction of the Western is unexpected in a low-budget oater like this, but Boetticher manages to sneak in a great deal of subtext of this sort within the film's fast-moving framework.

    12/27: The Man From the Alamo; California

  • You know, if not for the caption I might have thought this was a Seminal Image from a long-forgotten oater.

    They Were Collaborators #327

  • First James Reasoner recommends a Longarm that read like a Three Mesquiteers, an oater series that all small-town kids my age are familiar with.

    Archive 2007-07-01

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