moped

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

Definition of moped

: 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. Mass.gov

Examples of moped in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stat of the Week 30 The top mile-per-hour speed of shared Revel mopeds in New York City, where the brand new form of [blank]-share is making some people nervous. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Uber’s $5 Billion Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News," 19 Aug. 2019 Revel operates about 1,000 e-mopeds throughout Brooklyn and Queens. Washington Post, "You can rent a moped in D.C. starting this weekend," 14 Aug. 2019 The startup Revel already is offering electric, dockless mopeds in New York City and Washington, D.C. Future scooter iterations could be larger and heavier, perhaps with windshields or more wheels, King suggested. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Why do scooters crash so often? Tiny tires don’t help," 17 Aug. 2019 Now a free agent following his departure from Marseille, Balotelli has been linked with a move back to Serie A and was most recently in the news for paying a bar owner to drive his moped into the sea. SI.com, "André Silva & 6 Other Strikers Who Flopped at AC Milan," 22 July 2019 Before a deputy of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office arrived, Crabill left on a moped, the statement reads. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Manchester man charged with assault for allegedly tripping pregnant woman in Hampstead," 22 Aug. 2019 Each of Revel’s mopeds (which are made by Chinese company NIU) comes with two helmets. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Electric moped startup Revel expands into Washington, DC," 13 Aug. 2019 That list runs 122 pages and includes items that were not subject to earlier tariffs such as clothes, jewelry, linens, sunglasses, select motorcycles and mopeds, watches, guns and sports equipment. Janna Herron, USA TODAY, "Trump delays tariffs on some Chinese goods until December, 10% hike still on for September," 13 Aug. 2019 That’s much less than a car (which emits 414 g of CO2 per mile), but more than riding a moped (119 g), taking a bus (82 g), biking (8 g) or walking (0 g). Los Angeles Times, "Electric scooters are good for the environment, right? Here’s why it’s not so simple," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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10 Oct 2019

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The first known use of moped was in 1954

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moped

noun
How to pronounce moped (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of moped

: a small motorcycle that can be pedaled like a bicycle

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