Definition of moped in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A man then got off the moped nearby leaving it with the engine running.’
    • ‘The big difference between mopeds, motor scooters and motorcycles is power.’
    • ‘Areas of wasteground around the Braintree district are being used by people riding small motorcycles and mopeds, which may be unfit to drive.’
    • ‘The council has also set up a Moped Reward Scheme to stop youngsters riding their mopeds illegally on the estate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She said the culprits are gangs of teenagers, aged between about 17 and 19, who are often seen meeting up on their mopeds.’
    • ‘There is a growing market for motorcycles and mopeds throughout the country.’
    • ‘The age to drive such scooters is the same as for a moped, 16 years.’
    • ‘There has been a sixfold rise in the sale of motorbikes and mopeds in the past three years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Justices banned the boy from east York from driving all cars, motorcycles and mopeds and adjourned his case for a pre-sentence report.’
    • ‘Even vegetable shopkeepers who used cycles to go to market found the mopeds a better means to carry loads.’
    • ‘Young motorists in West York who flout the law on mopeds, motorcycles and cars face losing their licences, police warned today.’
    • ‘One test will cover the licence categories for motorcycles, cars, mopeds, tractors and work vehicles.’
    • ‘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.’


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