- often wild oats Any of various oats that are not cultivated and are often weeds in cereal crops, especially Avena fatua.
- wild oats Misdeeds and indiscretions committed when young.
Variant of wild oats
- ☆ a woodland plant (Uvularia sessilifolia) of the lily family, with small, drooping, yellowish flowers, native to E North America
- any of several wild grasses (genus Avena); esp., the wild progenitor (A. fatua) of the cultivated oat, having strong, twisted awns and commonly occurring as a weed, esp. in the W U.S.also wild oat
wild oats Idioms
sow one's wild oats
to be promiscuous or dissolute in one's youth before settling down