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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

Words Nearby moped Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use moped in a sentence

  • And in the book, the journalist doesn't ride off for a summer of moped-fueled romance with the apprentice exorcist either.

    What's Real in The Rite | Seth Colter Walls | January 31, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Last week I should have moped and fumed here, and cursed my luck in being bound to a log on a day like this.

  • Drove them away from vicinity of shack several times but they returned & moped in shade of house.

    Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
  • The little boy cried and moped for some days; but, after the manner of children, he soon became reconciled to his new situation.

  • One alone, dingy yellow in color, moped apart from his fellows, and took no interest in the banquet.

    The Lieutenant-Governor | Guy Wetmore Carryl
  • I don't know what cat had caught my wife in its claws, but she too moped and pined just like my unlucky bird.

    A Sportsman's Sketches | Ivan Turgenev

British Dictionary definitions for moped


/ (ˈməʊpɛd) /

  1. British a light motorcycle, not over 50cc

Origin of moped

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

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