moped

[moh-ped]

noun

a motorized bicycle that has pedals in addition to a low-powered gasoline engine designed for low-speed operation.

Nearby words

  1. mop-up,
  2. mopani,
  3. mopani worm,
  4. mopboard,
  5. mope,
  6. mopery,
  7. mopes,
  8. mopey,
  9. mopish,
  10. mopishly

Origin of moped

1955–60; < German, ultimately < Swedish (trampcykel med) mo(tor och) ped(aler) pedal cycle with engine and pedals

mope

[mohp]

verb (used without object), moped, mop·ing.

to be sunk in dejection or listless apathy; sulk; brood.

verb (used with object), moped, mop·ing.

to make dejected, listless, or apathetic.

noun

a person who mopes or is given to moping.
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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British Dictionary definitions for moped

moped

noun

British a light motorcycle, not over 50cc

Word Origin for moped

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

mope

verb (intr)

to be gloomy or apatheticthere's no time to mope
to move or act in an aimless wayhe moped around the flat

noun

a gloomy person
See also mopes

Derived Formsmoper, nounmopy, adjective

Word Origin for mope

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

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