mo·​tor·​bike ˈmō-tər-ˌbīk How to pronounce motorbike (audio)
: a small usually lightweight motorcycle
motorbike intransitive verb

Examples of motorbike in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But then some forest guards approached on a motorbike and hearing the loud sound, T120 left his prey and moved into the bushes. Jasreen Mayal Khanna, Robb Report, 17 May 2024 The air in Rwanda turned orange as motorbikes swerved in front of me, their wheels spinning the road’s thick dust into clouds. Lauren Jackson, New York Times, 16 May 2024 That is until Ray (Skarsgård), the impossibly handsome leader of a motorbike club, takes him on as his submissive. Alex Ritman, Variety, 8 May 2024 As a teenager growing up in the 1970s, Lara would ride from Milpitas to the Story and King neighborhood on his low-rider motorbike, his girlfriend perched on the back seat. Kate Talerico, The Mercury News, 5 May 2024 Meanwhile, Aima Technology Group is a Chinese manufacturer and seller of electric bicycles, mopeds, and motorbikes that was founded in 1999. Alistair Charlton, WIRED, 5 May 2024 By Tara Law May 2, 2024 8:17 AM EDT After a 2011 motorbike accident, Gert-Jan Oskam lost his ability to walk. TIME, 2 May 2024 Sales of motorbikes and scooters, which transport far more Indians than all the four-wheeled cars combined, have been stagnant. Alex Travelli, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2024 Then the kidnappers made new demands: two motorbikes, five walkie-talkies, bags of rice and beans, top-up cards for mobile data and airtime, and industrial glues, often inhaled and used as intoxicants. Emmanuel Akinwotu, NPR, 9 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of motorbike was in 1903

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

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mo·​tor·​bike ˈmōt-ər-ˌbīk How to pronounce motorbike (audio)
: a light motorcycle

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