wheel·​ie ˈ(h)wē-lē How to pronounce wheelie (audio)
: a maneuver in which a wheeled vehicle (such as a bicycle) is momentarily balanced on its rear wheel or wheels

Example Sentences

He did a wheelie on his bike.
Recent Examples on the Web The beast came with drag radials, a transmission brake, just one seat and can pop a wheelie. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 3 July 2022 The rider popped a wheelie and fled from the deputies. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 Duce herself learned to do a wheelie on her bike and shared videos of her learning process. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, 12 Sep. 2020 Some riders have even obtained sponsorships based on their stunts; a picture of Ty sipping a Snapple while pulling a wheelie can be found on the brand’s official Instagram. Paula Aceves, Curbed, 9 Nov. 2021 Hey, maybe this is what the creeper gear—the lowest of the seven—is really for, rather than trying to get the Bronco to pop a wheelie. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 2 Aug. 2021 Given Findlay's enthusiasm for helping, Vikes fans probably had to tell him not to pop a wheelie and bounce down the steps to show people to their seats. James Lileks, Star Tribune, 5 Feb. 2021 King’s image shows a young Black man popping a wheelie on a bicycle on Lakeside Avenue near the Cuyahoga County Justice Center as police cars burn in the background on the southwest corner of Lakeside and West Third Street. Steven Litt, cleveland, 4 Oct. 2020 On April 28 a driver reported a motorcycle driver doing wheelies on the road. cleveland, 8 May 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wheelie was circa 1965

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Cite this Entry

“Wheelie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheelie. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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