motor scooter


plural motor scooters
: a 2- or 3-wheeled motorized vehicle that has a low seat and a bottom platform for resting the feet

Examples of motor scooter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web State Variations and Federal Land Most states have put in the work to understand and codify the differences between ebikes and motor scooters. WIRED, 4 Oct. 2020 On Friday, an online photograph of La Porta celebrating his team’s win on the balcony of a restaurant alerted police to his location on the Greek island of Corfu, where he was intercepted on a motor scooter and arrested after 11 years on the run. Leo Sands, Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2023 People in the area, some of them wearing plastic bags over their shoes, struggled to move around, their motor scooters getting stuck. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 1 Aug. 2023 Five days before the trip, Mr. Jones fell off a motor scooter and broke his ankle. Sadiba Hasan, New York Times, 14 July 2023 Everybody is on a motor scooter, 95% of the population, all wearing helmets, most with face masks, parking everywhere. Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2023 On June 4, police said Banes attempted to cross the street in Manhattan when Boyd ran a red light on a motor scooter and crashed into Banes, knocking her over. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 6 Aug. 2021 Editor’s picks Enter Father Amorth, tootling around Europe on a motor scooter, guzzling whiskey from a flask, and perhaps having more fun than an exorcist should be allowed. Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 15 Apr. 2023 However, over the past few decades, more modern jamu gendongs, like Mulatsih, have shifted to motor scooters to maximize mobility and range of distance. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of motor scooter was in 1919

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Cite this Entry

“Motor scooter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

motor scooter

: a motorized vehicle with two or three wheels like a child's scooter but having a seat
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