mo·​ped | \ ˈmō-ˌped How to pronounce moped (audio) \
plural mopeds

Definition of moped

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: a lightweight, low-powered motorbike that can be pedaled The difference between a moped and a scooter is like the difference between an economy car and full-sized coupe. A scooter has comfy footrests instead of pedals and a luxurious seat seemingly long enough to accommodate a family of four.— Kelly Whiteside broadly : any low-powered motorbike The Motorman may fit the legal definition of a moped, but it has no pedals. The drivetrain is fully electric. — Rene Chun A moped is defined as either a pedal bicycle with a helper motor or a non-pedal bicycle with a motor, which has all of the following characteristics: Have a cylinder capacity of no more than 50 cubic centimeters. Have an automatic transmission. Be capable of a maximum speed of no more than 30 miles per hour. Comply with all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards.


Definition of moped (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of mope entry 1

Examples of moped in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Karon Hylton, 20, died in a hospital after his moped crashed into a car Friday night while he was being pursued by police. Ashraf Khalil, Star Tribune, "DC releases bodycam footage from fatal crash amid protests," 29 Oct. 2020 As Hylton exited an alley, his moped crashed into another vehicle, the department said. Noah Broder And Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Protesters demand DC police release video in the death of 20-year-old man riding a moped," 28 Oct. 2020 Although Jhamal Gonsalves was wearing a helmet and his scooter was street legal, Clements noted that his moped was unregistered and did not have a license plate. Washington Post, "A Providence man is in a coma after a moped crash involving police. His family wants answers.," 21 Oct. 2020 Some witnesses said his moped was struck by the police car, NBC Boston reports. NBC News, "Protests roil Providence after moped crash that witnesses say involved police car," 21 Oct. 2020 The suspect is described to be a white woman between her 20s and 30s who was driving a moped. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Colorado woman allegedly assaults 12-year-old boy for carrying sign supporting Trump," 2 Sep. 2020 Britt had plenty of time this last year to work on the book because she was sidelined after being hit by a car while riding a moped. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Former Sherman Oaks Notre Dame shotputter Nia Britt unveils children’s book," 2 July 2020 After the June 2nd protests in Paris and other cities, Twitter went crazy for a picture of a barricade that protesters had erected in the middle of an avenue using flaming Lime scooters, plus the odd moped, bike, and bistro chair. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Assa Traoré and the Fight for Black Lives in France," 18 June 2020 The truck then dragged a moped on Montana Avenue from Harrison Avenue to Westwood Northern Boulevard and then east to Baltimore Avenue, police said. Madeline Mitchell,, "Westwood crash: Moped driver hospitalized after being dragged by truck; truck driver at-large," 28 May 2020

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First Known Use of moped


1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for moped


Swedish, from motor motor + pedal pedal

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The first known use of moped was in 1954

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12 Nov 2020

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“Moped.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of moped

: a small motorcycle that can be pedaled like a bicycle

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