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

Examples of wheelie in a Sentence

He did a wheelie on his bike.
Recent Examples on the Web The announcer walked everyone through the finer points of wheelies, poppers and other tricks as the crowd took out their phones to make their assessments. Paul McAdory, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024 The perfume peddlers, the Black power guys with their mics, the drunken hockey fans, the scalpers, the Asian grandmothers with the giant wheelie shopping bags, the toddler meltdowns because Mommy wouldn’t buy the $20 spinning-light thing at the arena’s ice skating show have all been there. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 The account shares videos of bikers in large packs riding along city streets and highways, with some popping wheelies or performing other stunts. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 3 Jan. 2024 He was put on house arrest in 2016 for violating his probation and was arrested again in 2017 after he was caught popping wheelies without wearing a helmet on Instagram Live. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 15 Dec. 2023 Elsewhere, scenes in which Staples and his crew ride around on bikes and motorcycles, popping wheelies and having fun, are similarly strong. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 And the optional, high-performance Riding Modes Pro suite returns to offer more customization for traction control, throttle response, wheelie control, and ABS intervention via the Dynamic, Dynamic Pro, and Enduro Pro levels. Rennie Scaysbrook, Robb Report, 28 Sep. 2023 Motorcycle riders did wheelies as smiling attendees took selfies. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2023 One of the riders pops a wheelie, and others stand up on their pedals. Kate Armanini, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2023

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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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“Wheelie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheelie. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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