moped

[moh-ped]
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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.
  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.
noun
  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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British Dictionary definitions for moped

moped

noun
  1. British a light motorcycle, not over 50cc

Word Origin for moped

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

mope

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
noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for moped
n.

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.

mope

v.

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.

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