[ moh-ter-sahy-kuh l ]
/ ˈmoʊ tərˌsaɪ kəl /


a motor vehicle similar to a bicycle but usually larger and heavier, chiefly for one rider but sometimes having two saddles or an attached sidecar for passengers.

verb (used without object), mo·tor·cy·cled, mo·tor·cy·cling.

to ride on or operate a motorcycle.

Nearby words

  1. motorboating,
  2. motorbus,
  3. motorcade,
  4. motorcar,
  5. motorcoach,
  6. motorcyclist,
  7. motordrome,
  8. motored,
  9. motorhome,
  10. motoric

Origin of motorcycle

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; motor + cycle

Related formsmo·tor·cy·clist [moh-ter-sahy-klist] /ˈmoʊ tərˌsaɪ klɪst/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for motorcycle


/ (ˈməʊtəˌsaɪkəl) /


Also called: motorbike a two-wheeled vehicle, having a stronger frame than a bicycle, that is driven by a petrol engine, usually with a capacity of between 125 cc and 1000 cc

verb (intr)

to ride on a motorcycle
Derived Formsmotorcyclist, noun

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Word Origin and History for motorcycle


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