Definition of moped in English:

moped

noun

  • A light motor cycle, especially one with an engine capacity of not more than 50 cc.

    • ‘The big difference between mopeds, motor scooters and motorcycles is power.’
    • ‘Pc Bateson said he noticed the moped had its lights on and was displaying registration plates, but the trials bike was not.’
    • ‘Cars, motorcycles, mopeds and scooters were also checked for road-worthiness and officers will advise on essential repairs.’
    • ‘Young people riding motorbikes and mopeds have been disturbing the peace of residents near the controversial skate park in Bocking End over the past few weeks.’
    • ‘There has been a sixfold rise in the sale of motorbikes and mopeds in the past three years.’
    • ‘Justices banned the boy from east York from driving all cars, motorcycles and mopeds and adjourned his case for a pre-sentence report.’
    • ‘Areas of wasteground around the Braintree district are being used by people riding small motorcycles and mopeds, which may be unfit to drive.’
    • ‘A man then got off the moped nearby leaving it with the engine running.’
    • ‘One test will cover the licence categories for motorcycles, cars, mopeds, tractors and work vehicles.’
    • ‘As I headed left towards the town centre, a group of scooters and mopeds bounced past followed by an old lady on an even older bicycle.’
    • ‘There is a growing market for motorcycles and mopeds throughout the country.’
    • ‘The council has also set up a Moped Reward Scheme to stop youngsters riding their mopeds illegally on the estate.’
    • ‘Young motorists in West York who flout the law on mopeds, motorcycles and cars face losing their licences, police warned today.’
    • ‘Even vegetable shopkeepers who used cycles to go to market found the mopeds a better means to carry loads.’
    • ‘The age to drive such scooters is the same as for a moped, 16 years.’
    • ‘Under the ‘Wheels to Work’ scheme, 50 young people seeking jobs - and who live some distance from a bus route - have already been given access to mopeds.’
    • ‘Hopefully this will make youngsters think twice about going on mopeds without helmets.’
    • ‘The extra cash will allow the purchase of six more mopeds, increasing the size of the scheme, which was opened in May last year, by 50 per cent.’
    • ‘Wardens on mopeds or working as ‘hot-spotters’ are expected to issue 15 fixed penalty notices a day.’
    • ‘She said the culprits are gangs of teenagers, aged between about 17 and 19, who are often seen meeting up on their mopeds.’

Origin

1950s from Swedish, from (trampcykel med) mo(tor och) ped(aler) ‘pedal cycle with motor and pedals’.

Pronunciation

moped

/ˈməʊpɛd/