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

Definition of moped

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 On Tuesday Apple showed us the new iPhone 13 on a moped. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 The reason the moped went off the road is still under investigation, the police said. Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2021 The driver collided with another car before running over Trevon Mitchell on his moped. Sylvia Goodman, The Courier-Journal, 13 Aug. 2021 The man killed Saturday when his moped crashed in Clinton has been identified by the Prince George’s County police as John Mullikin, 52, of Hughesville. Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2021 The victims were outside when someone on a red moped started shooting. Deanese Williams-harris,, 26 June 2021 Police said two men were involved in the attack, and both fled the scene on a moped. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 19 June 2021 It’s like a moped or scooter in that sense, but also only goes up to 20 mph. Rob Verger, Popular Science, 15 Dec. 2020 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, 29 Oct. 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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“Moped.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of moped

: a small motorcycle that can be pedaled like a bicycle

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