wheel·​ie | \ ˈ(h)wē-lē How to pronounce wheelie (audio) \

Definition of wheelie

: a maneuver in which a wheeled vehicle (such as a bicycle) is momentarily balanced on its rear wheel or wheels

Examples of wheelie in a Sentence

He did a wheelie on his bike.
Recent Examples on the Web On April 28 a driver reported a motorcycle driver doing wheelies on the road. cleveland, "Motorcycle driver doing wheelies on the road: Fairview Park Police Blotter," 8 May 2020 The 1077-piece Lego Technic kit features a V-8 engine with moving pistons, a double-wishbone suspension, and a wheelie bar. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Dominic Toretto's Fast and Furious Dodge Charger Becomes Lego Kit," 30 Mar. 2020 And viewers say a holiday commercial is wheelie, wheelie bad. Christi Scott, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 6 Dec. 2019 His memorial was followed by a through streets lined with people on foot, on motorcycles and doing wheelies on ATVs. Los Angeles Times, "The powerful symbolism of memorializing Kobe and Gigi Bryant on 2/24 at Staples Center," 7 Feb. 2020 Police shared dashcam footage of Gomez, AKA Baby Jesus, doing wheelies and standing on his motorcycle while weaving in and out of traffic on Aug. 10, taunting police who were trying to stop him. Fox News, "Texas man known as 'Baby Jesus' accused of taunting cops with motorcycle stunts arrested," 6 Sep. 2019 The next minute, Scott was kicking up the dirt doing wheelies and laughing. Lynn Arditi, BostonGlobe.com, "Going Quiet: Rhode Island among the states hiding 911 recordings from families, lawyers, and the general public," 16 July 2019 The next minute, Scott was kicking up the dirt doing wheelies and laughing. Lynn Arditi, ProPublica, "Going Quiet: More States Are Hiding 911 Recordings From Families, Lawyers and the General Public," 16 July 2019 There was polite applause for mountain bike stunt rider Jeff Lenosky, who did wheelies around the schoolyard. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "It’s free and it’s red and it’s all yours — kids at SF school get free bikes," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of wheelie

circa 1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Wheelie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheelie. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wheelie

: an action in which a bicycle, motorcycle, etc. is balanced for a short time on its rear wheel

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