- a motorized bicycle that has pedals in addition to a low-powered gasoline engine designed for low-speed operation.
Origin of moped
- to be sunk in dejection or listless apathy; sulk; brood.
- to make dejected, listless, or apathetic.
- a person who mopes or is given to moping.
- mopes, depressed spirits; blues.
Origin of mope
Examples from the Web for moped
The boy, whenever he was not doing anything, moped in the house.The Secret Agent
Poor, honest Fido, how lonesome he was and how he moped about!A Little Book of Profitable Tales
Thereupon he drank and moped for a week, and then hanged himself.Under Western Eyes
And he gloomed and moped and was an object of private mirth to Judge Enderby.Little Miss Grouch
Samuel Hopkins Adams
I am sure Marcus would say so; and then I am certain you would be moped to death.Doctor Luttrell's First Patient
Rosa Nouchette Carey
- British a light motorcycle, not over 50cc
- to be gloomy or apatheticthere's no time to mope
- to move or act in an aimless wayhe moped around the flat
- a gloomy person
Word Origin and History for moped
1956, from Swedish (c.1952), from (trampcykel med) mo(tor och) ped(aler) "pedal cycle with engine and pedals" (the earliest versions had auxiliary pedals). Cf. obsolete English mo-bike (1925), from motor bicycle.
1560s, "to move and act unconsciously;" 1580s, "to be listless and apathetic," the sound of the word perhaps somehow suggestive of low feelings (cf. Low German mopen "to sulk," Dutch moppen "to grumble, to grouse," Danish maabe, dialectal Swedish mopa "to mope"). Related: Moped; moping; mopey; mopish.