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[skoo-ter] /ˈsku tər/
a child's vehicle that typically has two wheels with a low footboard between them, is steered by a handlebar, and is propelled by pushing one foot against the ground while resting the other on the footboard.
Also called motor scooter. a similar but larger and heavier vehicle for adults, having a saddlelike seat mounted on the footboard and being propelled by a motor.
(in the U.S. and Canada) a sailboat equipped with runners for use on ice.
verb (used without object)
to sail or travel in or on a scooter.
Origin of scooter1
First recorded in 1800-10; scoot + -er1


[skoo-ter] /ˈsku tər/
noun, plural scooters (especially collectively) scooter.
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  • But Marian knew now what was going to happen, and presently the scooter went slower and slower.

    Half-Past Bedtime H. H. Bashford
  • They spread out from the scooter for an hour of fruitless searching.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • All interest in the scooter was lost in Uncle Fred's arrival.

  • It's my scooter, because I made it; and so I'll go down first.

  • As I got closer, I spied a scooter parked near the X, and beside it an inflated portable dome.

    The Risk Profession Donald Edwin Westlake
British Dictionary definitions for scooter


a child's vehicle consisting of a low footboard on wheels, steered by handlebars. It is propelled by pushing one foot against the ground
(in the US and Canada) another term for ice yacht
Derived Forms
scooterist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for scooter

1825, "one who goes quickly," agent noun from scoot (v.). Also in 19c. a type of plow and a syringe. As a child's toy, from 1919 (but the reference indicates earlier use), as short for motor scooter from 1917.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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