Definition of scooter in English:



  • 1A light two-wheeled open motor vehicle on which the driver sits over an enclosed engine with their legs together and their feet resting on a floorboard.

    • ‘Phone us today and get our expert, impartial advice on which scooter would best suit your needs.’
    • ‘We have had numerous reports about youngsters riding motorised scooters on roads and pavements, particularly since Christmas.’
    • ‘A man with a collapsed spine has been robbed of his mobility after thieves stole his electric scooter.’
    • ‘A man has been banned from the roads for drink-driving - after riding his motorised scooter while over the limit.’
    • ‘My husband Dave is riding his motor scooter.’
    • ‘In addition, officials said, scooters with jet engines consumes 18 percent less oil than conventional ones.’
    • ‘I saw the women with their thick dark hair, so much like mine, riding scooters together around the piazzas.’
    • ‘Only someone who was insane would let a 10 year old drive a scooter on the public roads.’
    • ‘Unruly youngsters riding motorised scooters are making their residents' lives a misery.’
    • ‘I live in central London, I am rational, I drive a scooter.’
    • ‘It was a still balmy night as I have remarked earlier and when the engine of the scooter ceased to growl, the void it left in its wake was immediately usurped by a gushing wave of silence and total noiselessness.’
    • ‘Motorised scooters worth around £7,500 have been destroyed during a fire at a mill in Farnworth.’
    • ‘A woman with multiple sclerosis has been left practically housebound after thieves stole her mobility scooter.’
    • ‘For a girl who drives a scooter, she's pretty defensive about it.’
    • ‘I bought an electric scooter for nearly £1, 000 but had to put it in storage.’
    • ‘He could still be seen around the Hampton area on his mobility scooter.’
    • ‘Youngsters who are getting a buzz from riding motorised scooters could be heading for trouble by breaking the law.’
    • ‘Children receiving trendy new powered scooters for Christmas may be driving straight into trouble with the law.’
    • ‘Sid parked the scooter and strode towards the iron gate confidently.’
    • ‘He used a cane when walking but used a special, extra-large motorized scooter whenever possible.’
    1. 1.1often with modifier Any small, light, vehicle able to travel quickly across water, ice, or snow.
      ‘a snow scooter’
      • ‘Each man in the squad was dressed in a wetsuit and carried a pack of high explosives on their electric water scooter.’
      • ‘Children hoot in merriment as they ride their water scooters or turn into birds gliding across the sky while they para-sail.’
      • ‘The lake has several marinas where you can rent ski boats, water scooters, patio boats, and the like.’
      • ‘They have developed a sea scooter capable of reaching a stunning 2.5 knots.’
      • ‘Farther downstream the river begins to widen into Lake Havasu, and the parade of water scooters and powerboats with massive, roaring engines begins to increase.’
      • ‘It was a mixture between big motorboats, small sailing boats and on one pier eight water scooters were standing on a platform.’
      • ‘I used a battery-powered underwater scooter to descend to about 15m.’
      • ‘The water scooter is very popular among the youngsters.’
  • 2A child's toy consisting of a footboard mounted on two wheels and a long steering handle, propelled by resting one foot on the footboard and pushing the other against the ground.

    • ‘Each day I lose to a bunch of kids who lurk in my neighborhood - on those little push scooters.’
    • ‘Many kids would make scooters by attaching the rough, steel wheels to a two-by-four with a milk crate on it and then adding wooden handlebars for steering.’
    • ‘The worker came out with a scooter, mostly colored white with black handlebars and seat.’
    • ‘The group is focusing on hazardous toys in four categories: toys that present a choking hazard because of small parts; balloons; toxic toys; and scooters.’
    • ‘Motorless aluminum scooters with in-line skate wheels fall into another category, but aren't street-legal either.’
    • ‘In 1998, 2200 people in the UK were involved in accidents involving children's scooters.’
    • ‘As summer arrived, so did the big wooden crates bringing wonderful dolls, mechanical toys, pedal cars, tricycles, scooters, dolls' prams.’
    • ‘Others whizz into the garage on machines resembling scooters with two oversized wheels, one on either side of the standing platform.’
    • ‘But a new study says less than half of all kids 5 to 14 actually wear their helmets, when on bikes, skateboards, scooters and other wheeled toys.’
    • ‘Larger toys, such as tricycles, scooters, slides and climbing frames, will all be popular.’
    • ‘They push their shiny aluminum scooters onto the street, in formation.’
    • ‘A sharp rise in injuries related to using foot propelled scooters is leading to an increased demand that children using them should wear mandatory protective gear.’
    • ‘With extremely low rolling resistance from wheels made by molding polyurethane onto aluminum centers, this scooter is fast, fun, effective transportation.’
    • ‘I remember I wanted to get one of those push scooters with those inflatable tires.’


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  • Travel or ride on a scooter.

    ‘scootering is the most economical and practical form of transportation’
    • ‘After I met up with her and walked her across the road, she scootered ahead through the park again.’
    • ‘Rick scootered by May, and without saying anything covered her with silly string.’
    • ‘It is designed to make scootering even more affordable this summer.’
    • ‘John was scootering around the playground, very bored.’
    • ‘I toyed with the idea of scootering myself to every recording studio in Soho.’
    • ‘I scootered for five years, and never got into an accident with another driver.’
    • ‘We scootered / skateboarded/pogo-sticked up and down her street waiting for Avery.’
    • ‘The choice of activities included pogo sticking, orienteering, roller blading, eliminator, hockey, bouncy castle, crazy bands, scootering, Lacrosse, pitch & putt, soccer and basketball.’
    • ‘Serving also for off-season training, the dog's harness outfit works for many other joring sports, such as hike joring, jog joring or dog scootering.’
    • ‘A few days later on a deserted Sunday morning I rode from the Mayflower three miles down to the Jacob Javits Center on the Hudson, then scootered back uptown that afternoon.’
    • ‘Without a word, two of the Laps scootered off to the nearest town - almost 200 miles away - to buy more dynamite.’
    • ‘He just looked at Jenna again and continued scootering off.’
    • ‘The girl nodded brightly, venturing over to the small metal toy and scootering away with a large, friendly wave.’
    • ‘I had got up bright and early, put on my best three quarter length trousers and had scootered my way into London's dazzling West End.’