scoot·​er | \ ˈskü-tər How to pronounce scooter (audio) \
plural scooters

Definition of scooter

1a : 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
b : 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
3 : a vehicle ridden while seated that usually has three or four wheels, is typically propelled by an electric motor, and is used 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 Gsell and Allen shed light this week on that process, which first involved Sanders recovering from his internal damage while in a wheelchair and, later, on a scooter. Mike Rodak |, al, 8 Sep. 2021 While reviewing security footage, the police officer observed one man on a scooter distracting the woman while another man approached the victim’s shopping cart walking away with something in his left hand. Pioneer Press Staff,, 6 Sep. 2021 Alicia Dixon must have looked like a superhero zipping on a scooter en route to her date. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021 Grosjean skids in on a Bird scooter, and Sebastien Bourdais rolls by on his electric bike. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Aug. 2021 Banes, who appeared in numerous television series and films died after suffering injuries sustained from being hit by a scooter on June 4. Marianne Garvey, CNN, 6 Aug. 2021 She was hit by a scooter running a red light on June 4 and died of her injuries 10 days later. WSJ, 3 Aug. 2021 Inside the capital, Spin offers citywide e-bike and scooter rentals. Robin Catalano, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 July 2021 Children would eagerly begin their school breaks with a bicycle, scooter or kite and end them in crutches, braces or an iron lung. Ainissa Ramirez, Scientific American, 17 June 2021

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First Known Use of scooter

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Scooter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scooter

: a child's vehicle that is made of a narrow board with two small wheels attached underneath and an upright handle attached on top and that is moved by pushing with one foot while holding onto the handle


scoot·​er | \ ˈskü-tər How to pronounce scooter (audio) \

Kids Definition of scooter

1 : a vehicle consisting of a narrow rectangular base mounted between a front and a back wheel, guided by a handle attached to the front wheel, and moved by the rider pushing off with one foot

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