motorcycle

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

noun

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.

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Origin of motorcycle

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

OTHER WORDS FROM motorcycle

mo·tor·cy·clist [moh-ter-sahy-klist] /ˈmoʊ tərˌsaɪ klɪst/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for motorcycle

motorcycle
/ (ˈməʊtəˌsaɪkəl) /

noun

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 forms of motorcycle

motorcyclist, noun
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