[ snoh-muh-beel ]
/ ˈsnoʊ məˌbil /


Also called skimobile, snowcat. a motor vehicle with a revolving tread in the rear and steerable skis in the front, for traveling over snow.

verb (used without object), snow·mo·biled, snow·mo·bil·ing.

to operate or ride in a snowmobile.

Origin of snowmobile

First recorded in 1920–25; snow + -mobile
Related formssnow·mo·bil·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for snowmobile


/ (ˈsnəʊməˌbiːl) /


  1. a small open motor vehicle for travelling on snow, steered by two skis at the front and driven by a caterpillar track underneath
  2. Also called: bombardier a larger closed motor vehicle with two skis at the front and a track at each side
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Word Origin and History for snowmobile



1931, in reference to Admiral Byrd's expedition, from snow (n.) + ending from automobile, etc.

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