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[moh-ped] /ˈmoʊˌpɛd/
a motorized bicycle that has pedals in addition to a low-powered gasoline engine designed for low-speed operation.
Origin of moped
1955-60; < German, ultimately < Swedish (trampcykel med) mo(tor och) ped(aler) pedal cycle with engine and pedals


[mohp] /moʊp/
verb (used without object), moped, moping.
to be sunk in dejection or listless apathy; sulk; brood.
verb (used with object), moped, moping.
to make dejected, listless, or apathetic.
a person who mopes or is given to moping.
mopes, depressed spirits; blues.
First recorded in 1560-70; variant of mop2
Related forms
moper, noun
mopingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for moped
Historical Examples
  • The boy, whenever he was not doing anything, moped in the house.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Poor, honest Fido, how lonesome he was and how he moped about!

  • Thereupon he drank and moped for a week, and then hanged himself.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • 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
  • I think I should have moped half the day if I had missed Lily's morning greeting.

    Cat and Dog

    Julia Charlotte Maitland
  • And he moped and groaned about, hoping for the best, but fearing the worst.

    The Tale of Kiddie Katydid Arthur Scott Bailey
  • At first I moped; who would not, under such trying circumstances?

  • She thought a change would do her good, as she had moped since Daisy's departure.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago Amanda Millie Douglas
  • She began almost to live at the Lucases, and to be oftener fatigued than moped.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for moped


(Brit) a light motorcycle, not over 50cc
Word Origin
C20: from motor + pedal1, originally equipped with auxiliary pedals


verb (intransitive)
to be gloomy or apathetic: there's no time to mope
to move or act in an aimless way: he moped around the flat
a gloomy person
See also mopes
Derived Forms
moper, noun
mopy, adjective
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from obsolete mope fool and related to mop²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for moped



  1. A stupid person; fool; boob: They weren't a bunch of mopes/ make it easy for regular mopes to use the Internet (1540+)
  2. A criminal; suspect; perp (1980s+ Police)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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