motorbike

noun

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

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In February, Salt Lake County prosecutors reopened the 2018 investigation into James’ killing, six months after court documents revealed Davies had first caused Zane, who was fleeing on a motorbike, to crash before the shooting. Daedan Olander, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 July 2022 Lethal attacks by motorbike-riding gangs are rare in southwestern Nigeria. Stephanie Busari, CNN, 17 June 2022 The vintage Honda motorbike on display, the kind that has flooded streets in Vietnam for decades, is one sign that Hue Vietnamese Restaurant is doing things differently these days. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 May 2022 In the early years of Colombia’s civil conflict, adventurers could still move through the Gap by foot, motorbike, or four-wheeler. Jason Motlagh, Outside Online, 19 July 2016 Juan, a money changer who delivers wads of cash on his motorbike, said three of his regular customers are police officers. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2022 The gunman appeared to flee on a scooter or motorbike. Fox News, 21 July 2022 The ideal way to behold the Tolkienesque terrain of the Ha Giang highlands in north Vietnam is from the seat of a motorbike. Patrick Scott, WSJ, 8 June 2022 The family of four arrived here six years ago, on the back of a motorbike, carrying one suitcase. Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Motorbike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/motorbike. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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motorbike

noun

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

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