wheel·​ie | \ˈhwē-lē, ˈwē-\

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

Let the roadies don their spandex and perch on their 700c wheels; the common man will e-bike home from work, slugging a tall boy and pulling wheelies off the curb. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "A Weekend With a $16,000 Mountain Bike," 8 Mar. 2017 After his first two jumps over the cars and buses, Pastrana had a police escort while riding the same motorcycle along Las Vegas Boulevard all while popping wheelies and stopping to high-five and shake hands with fans. CBS News, "Travis Pastrana nails Evel Knievel's three legendary jumps in Las Vegas," 9 July 2018 Pastrana popped wheelies while riding his motorcycle along Las Vegas Boulevard with a police escort. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Maryland man replicates three of Evel Knievel’s iconic motorcycle jumps," 9 July 2018 He is known to pass crowds and offer a midrace wheelie, just for fun. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Peter Sagan Is Back, and the Tour de France Is Better," 9 July 2018 His crime? Popping a wheelie in a residential neighborhood. Angela Helm, The Root, "Video Released After Teen Tased and Killed by Michigan State Troopers Underscores Law Enforcement’s Utter Contempt for Black Americans," 12 May 2018 When asked for comment, Meek Mill, whose probation was violated for allegedly popping wheelies on a dirt bike, did not comment. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Ex-Cop Convicted of Killing Unarmed Black Man Caught Drinking at Bar in Apparent Violation of Parole," 14 May 2018 An example of his probation violations would include the time he was charged with reckless endangerment for riding a dirt bike and popping wheelies. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "Kanye West has a thing or two to learn about American slavery: Phillip Morris," 9 May 2018 He was arrested in 2017 after being involved in a fight and arrested again later for popping wheelies on a dirt bike. Deena Zaru, CNN, "Meek Mill's fight is not finished," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of wheelie

circa 1965, in the meaning defined above

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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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