wheel·​ie | \ ˈhwē-lē How to pronounce wheelie (audio) , 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.

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This didn’t noticeably affect my day-to-day riding but did make wheelies easier... Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "First look: Cowboy proves the e-bikes with removable batteries can be beautiful," 8 June 2019 On Sunday, police saw four ATVs and a dirt bike popping wheelies and crossing over the double yellow line for opposing traffic on Northbend Road, according to the Springfield Township police report. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Police believe ATV rider who jumped into Mill Creek to escape is alive," 27 June 2019 New Haven Food Truck Fest The fare from the trucks is reward enough, but this festival on June 2 from noon to 7 p.m. at Long Wharf Park in New Haven also includes a bicycle wheelie competition, a dragon boat regatta and live music. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Things To Do This Week," 27 May 2018 The dusky visual, which was directed by Nathalie Canguilhem, finds Scott riding a BMX bike and popping wheelies in a black-and-white striped Saint Laurent button down, later rapping in the middle of the street in a red velvet military jacket. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Travis Scott Is Reinventing the Idea of the Fashion Video," 5 Feb. 2019 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

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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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