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n. Upper Southern US
Variant of potato.

[Shortening and alteration of potato.]
Our Living Language Since English is a language that stresses some syllables and not others, weakly stressed syllables, especially those preceding strong stresses, are dropped at times. This process, called aphesis when it occurs at the beginning of a word, is more common in regional American dialects than in the more conservative Standard English, which tends to retain in pronunciation anything reflected in spelling. Although many American dialects feature aphesis, it is most famous in the dialects of the South, where it yields pronunciations such as count of for (on) account of, possum for opossum, tater for potato, and skeeter for mosquito. See Note at holler2


(Plants) a dialect word for potato


(ˈteɪ tər)

n. Dial.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tater - an edible tuber native to South Americatater - an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland
starches - foodstuff rich in natural starch (especially potatoes, rice, bread)
solanaceous vegetable - any of several fruits of plants of the family Solanaceae; especially of the genera Solanum, Capsicum, and Lycopersicon
root vegetable - any of various fleshy edible underground roots or tubers
baked potato - potato that has been cooked by baking it in an oven
chips, french fries, french-fried potatoes, fries - strips of potato fried in deep fat
home fries, home-fried potatoes - sliced pieces of potato fried in a pan until brown and crisp
jacket - the outer skin of a potato
mashed potato - potato that has been peeled and boiled and then mashed
Uruguay potato - similar to the common potato
Solanum tuberosum, white potato, white potato vine, potato - annual native to South America having underground stolons bearing edible starchy tubers; widely cultivated as a garden vegetable; vines are poisonous
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With a brow now knotted in the unfamiliar act of concentration,the lips falteringly begin to form words "D'yee want any taties, like?
My mam used to throw a party for all us kids and made various types of delicious foods including homemade toffee apples, but the best ones were the jacket taties we put in the bonfire that came out burned black but we ate them anyway with fresh butter and cheese and onions.
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