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  1. 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


verb (used without object), moped, mop·ing.
  1. to be sunk in dejection or listless apathy; sulk; brood.
verb (used with object), moped, mop·ing.
  1. to make dejected, listless, or apathetic.
  1. a person who mopes or is given to moping.
  2. mopes, depressed spirits; blues.

Origin of mope

First recorded in 1560–70; variant of mop2
Related formsmop·er, nounmop·ing·ly, adverb
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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.

British Dictionary definitions for moped


  1. British a light motorcycle, not over 50cc

Word Origin

C20: from motor + pedal 1, originally equipped with auxiliary pedals


verb (intr)
  1. to be gloomy or apatheticthere's no time to mope
  2. to move or act in an aimless wayhe moped around the flat
  1. a gloomy person
See also mopes
Derived Formsmoper, nounmopy, adjective

Word Origin

C16: perhaps from obsolete mope fool and related to mop ²
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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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