[ skoo-ter ]
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  1. Also called kick scooter [kik] /kɪk/ . a child's vehicle that typically has two wheels with a low footboard between them, is steered by a handlebar, and is propelled by pushing one foot against the ground while resting the other on the footboard.

  2. Also called e-scoot·er [ee-skoo-ter], /ˈiˌsku tər/, e·lec·tric scoot·er [ih-lek-trik skoo-ter] /ɪˈlɛk trɪk ˌsku tər/ . a similar vehicle with or without a seat, propelled by a motor powered by rechargeable batteries.

  1. Also called mo·tor scoot·er [moh-ter skoo-ter] /ˈmoʊ tər ˌsku tər/ . a lightweight motor vehicle similar to a motorcycle, having a saddlelike seat mounted over the engine and a footboard to rest the feet.

  2. (in the U.S. and Canada) a sailboat equipped with runners for use on ice.

verb (used without object)
  1. to sail or travel in or on a scooter.

Origin of scooter

First recorded in 1800–10; scoot + -er1

Words Nearby scooter

Other definitions for scooter (2 of 2)

[ skoo-ter ]

noun,plural scoot·ers, (especially collectively) scoot·er. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use scooter in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for scooter


/ (ˈskuːtə) /

  1. a child's vehicle consisting of a low footboard on wheels, steered by handlebars. It is propelled by pushing one foot against the ground

  1. (in the US and Canada) another term for ice yacht

Derived forms of scooter

  • scooterist, noun

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