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 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 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, 30 Mar. 2020 And viewers say a holiday commercial is wheelie, wheelie bad. Christi Scott, CNN, 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, 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, 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of wheelie

circa 1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wheelie was circa 1965

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5 Aug 2021

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“Wheelie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheelie. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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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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