scoot·​er | \ˈskü-tər \

Definition of scooter 

1 : a child's foot-operated vehicle consisting of a narrow footboard mounted between two wheels tandem with an upright steering handle attached to the front wheel

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Electric scooters are fast becoming a convenient and fun way to commute for city folks. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Unagi is the $1,190 electric scooter you won’t want to share with anyone," 17 Nov. 2018 Oakland, California, is just one of numerous American cities that have been transformed—for better or worse—by electric scooters. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Bay Area: How can we integrate e-scooters into our cities?," 7 Nov. 2018 As Vox’s Matthew Yglesias writes: the electric scooter works considerably better than a bicycle. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Elon Musk says electric scooters “lack dignity”," 2 Nov. 2018 As Uber and Lyft enter the bike-share business, electric scooters have become popular on the West Coast. New York Times, "New Era for Bike-Share in New York: Dockless and Electric Bikes," 3 July 2018 Bird Rides and Lime have raised hundreds of millions in venture capital to buy electric scooters to rent out via mobile application. Eric Newcomer,, "Lyft buys company behind Divvy, joining bike-rental business," 2 July 2018 Silicon Valley invented Uber and, more recently, apps that let people rent electric scooters and then abandon them on the pavement. The Economist, "How to stop the decline of public transport in rich countries," 23 June 2018 On one afternoon walking with the Rev. Antonio Maria Diez de Medina, the pair greeted men on a street corner, a mom on her front steps and kids on scooters. Diez de Medina greeted some people in Spanish. Michael Hill, The Seattle Times, "Amid drug crisis, spiritual first responders hit the streets," 13 Nov. 2018 Model Natalia Vodianova was also spotted having a fun time in the romantic city, wearing an embroidered peasant dress while riding a Bird scooter. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Natalia Vodianova Rides a Scooter, Jorja Smith Goes Regal, and More," 29 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of scooter

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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