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
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Pruitt, who has a rare motor neuron disease called Kennedy’s disease, uses an electric scooter to get around and lives in a mobile home. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2022 For the kid-at-heart tech-lover in your life, few toys are as much fun as an electric scooter. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 12 Nov. 2022 The San José State University freshman was killed Friday morning while riding an electric scooter, according to the San José State Athletics department and the California Highway Patrol. Kevin Dotson, CNN, 21 Oct. 2022 Camdan McWright, 18, was hit just before 7 a.m. while riding an electric scooter through an intersection blocks from campus, according to university and police officials. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2022 An electric scooter locked to the bike rack at Target, 4050 N. Harlem Ave. Chicago Tribune, 7 Oct. 2022 The residents who filed the lawsuit have mobility disabilities that require them to use an electric scooter, wheelchair or walker, are legally blind with a need to use a cane, or are caretakers for someone who has a mobility disability. oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2022 Colin Vinh Pho, 22, of Kent, was on an electric scooter traveling east on Summit Street when he got struck from behind by a vehicle, the State Highway Patrol said. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 25 Aug. 2022 Riding an electric kick scooter isn't the coolest way of getting around. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 14 Aug. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'scooter.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of scooter was in 1916

Dictionary Entries Near scooter

Cite this Entry

“Scooter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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

More from Merriam-Webster on scooter

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Name That Thing

You know what it looks like… but what is it called?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.