Definition of moped in US English:



  • A low-power, lightweight motorized bicycle.

    • ‘She got on her moped and road out towards Annie's house.’
    • ‘Temples, small villages and waterfalls dotted along the coast can be explored by car or moped.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pc Bateson said he noticed the moped had its lights on and was displaying registration plates, but the trials bike was not.’
    • ‘The roads become busier, and more and more bicycles, mopeds and motorbikes use the pedestrian footpaths.’
    • ‘Wardens on mopeds or working as ‘hot-spotters’ are expected to issue 15 fixed penalty notices a day.’
    • ‘There is a growing market for motorcycles and mopeds throughout the country.’
    • ‘We all see whole families with their babies and dogs weaving through traffic on small mopeds.’
    • ‘She said the culprits are gangs of teenagers, aged between about 17 and 19, who are often seen meeting up on their mopeds.’
    • ‘Even vegetable shopkeepers who used cycles to go to market found the mopeds a better means to carry loads.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A man then got off the moped nearby leaving it with the engine running.’
    • ‘Justices banned the boy from east York from driving all cars, motorcycles and mopeds and adjourned his case for a pre-sentence report.’
    • ‘One test will cover the licence categories for motorcycles, cars, mopeds, tractors and work vehicles.’
    • ‘On the streets, he zips around on a little yellow moped.’
    • ‘Scooters, mopeds or bicycles can be rented for a modest cost in most tourist locations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The big difference between mopeds, motor scooters and motorcycles is power.’
    • ‘There has been a sixfold rise in the sale of motorbikes and mopeds in the past three years.’
    • ‘He has explored every nook and cranny of Paris - on foot, by bicycle, by moped.’
    • ‘Areas of wasteground around the Braintree district are being used by people riding small motorcycles and mopeds, which may be unfit to drive.’
    • ‘The bus lane is designed to limit the amount of traffic in Ferndale Road and only allows buses, emergency vehicles, motorbikes, mopeds and bicycles.’
    • ‘But you can rent a bike or moped to explore the enticing floral lanes - so long as you respect the island's speed limit - a sedate 20 mph.’
    • ‘The age to drive such scooters is the same as for a moped, 16 years.’
    • ‘So would more widespread use of bicycles and mopeds to free-up road space?’
    • ‘Young motorists in West York who flout the law on mopeds, motorcycles and cars face losing their licences, police warned today.’
    • ‘Hopefully this will make youngsters think twice about going on mopeds without helmets.’
    • ‘I started working in Salisbury and my godmother gave me some money to buy a moped, to save on bus-fares.’
    • ‘The council has also set up a Moped Reward Scheme to stop youngsters riding their mopeds illegally on the estate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The firm uses a fleet of bicycles, mopeds, vans and tow trucks to scour the streets for offenders.’
    • ‘Cars, motorcycles, mopeds and scooters were also checked for road-worthiness and officers will advise on essential repairs.’


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