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 In July, CBS news reporter Nina Kapur was killed while riding without a helmet as a passenger on a Revel electric scooter in New York City. Claire Gillespie,, "Rihanna 'Bruised Her Forehead and Face' in an Electric Scooter Accident—Here's Why They're So Dangerous," 8 Sep. 2020 Edgar has a genetic nerve disorder called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which has weakened his legs and finally pushed him into a scooter four years ago. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "Behind a father-and-son protest, a history of laughter and struggle," 3 Sep. 2020 Investigators learned the victim was seen riding a scooter in the area when residents heard shots fired. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Man shot dead in Cleveland alley while riding scooter, police say," 22 Aug. 2020 The footage shows the men throwing a scooter at the women, comparing them to the characters from the film White Chicks, and calling them men. Britni De La Cretaz,, "When 3 Trans Women Were Attacked On Hollywood Boulevard, Bystanders Did Nothing," 20 Aug. 2020 In Ohio, in little more than a week: A 14-year-old boy in Columbus died on July 25 when he was shot while riding a scooter; An infant was killed and his twin brother wounded when someone fired shots into their home on July 22. Fox News, "July was deadliest month in Chicago history, police superintendent says," 4 Aug. 2020 Bird, the scooter company with the most devices in San Diego, was permitted to deploy 9,000 scooters last September. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scooters nearly went extinct in San Diego due to COVID-19. Now use is climbing again," 27 Aug. 2020 In 2019, a 19-year-old sped through a red light and slammed into a 57-year-old scooter driver, killing him. Rebecca Lurye,, "Hartford police had already increased enforcement on Wethersfield Ave. before third fatal hit-and-run in 2 years," 26 Aug. 2020 Outside Meadowbrook on Monday morning, some students popped out from the backseats of cars while their classmates arrived on foot, scooter and bike, parents trailing behind them. Kaitlin Edquist,, "Northbrook, Glenview elementary schools kick off unique first day: ‘It’s both nerve-wracking and exciting'," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of scooter

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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15 Sep 2020

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“Scooter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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