scoot·​er ˈskü-tər How to pronounce scooter (audio)
plural scooters
: a vehicle ridden while standing that consists of a narrow footboard mounted between or atop two wheels tandem that has an upright steering handle attached to the front wheel, and that is moved by pushing with one foot
What pleases parents is the addition of hand brakes, which make today's scooters relatively safe.Newsweek
: a similar vehicle propelled by an electric motor
The rules are part of the city's attempts to cope with the rapid influx of scooters that have proven wildly popular but also raised safety concerns as they zip around at 20 mph, weaving between pedestrians or darting into traffic.Ely Portillo

called also electric scooter, e-scooter

: a single-person vehicle ridden while seated that usually has three or four wheels and an open body framework, is typically propelled by an electric motor, and is used especially by those with impaired mobility
… where students with the most severe physical challenges—all use motorized wheelchairs or scooters—live on the first floor.Jodi S. Cohen

called also mobility scooter

Examples of scooter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Castro Mata was found in possession of multiple credit cards, two of which were connected to gunpoint robberies in the Bronx carried out by thieves on scooters at the time of his arrest. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 6 June 2024 The teenager was riding his scooter in Long Beach shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday, May 12, the Long Beach Police Department said in a news release. Daniella Segura, Sacramento Bee, 13 May 2024 But in this case, the apparent thief is American, and the victim is a migrant — a young man from Ecuador who'd been trying to fix the wheel on his scooter when he was attacked. Martin Kaste, NPR, 9 May 2024 There is a guy playing his electric guitar on Broadway; three teenagers, one wearing hijab, are riding too fast on scooters. Rebecca Petras, Baltimore Sun, 16 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for scooter 

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of scooter was in 1916

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Cite this Entry

“Scooter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


scoot·​er ˈsküt-ər How to pronounce scooter (audio)
: a child's vehicle consisting of a narrow base between a front and a back wheel and guided by a handle attached to the front wheel

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