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[moh-ped] /ˈmoʊˌpɛd/
a motorized bicycle that has pedals in addition to a low-powered gasoline engine designed for low-speed operation.
Origin of moped
1955-60; < German, ultimately < Swedish (trampcykel med) mo(tor och) ped(aler) pedal cycle with engine and pedals


[mohp] /moʊp/
verb (used without object), moped, moping.
to be sunk in dejection or listless apathy; sulk; brood.
verb (used with object), moped, moping.
to make dejected, listless, or apathetic.
a person who mopes or is given to moping.
mopes, depressed spirits; blues.
1560-70; variant of mop2
Related forms
moper, noun
mopingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for moped
Historical Examples
  • Ayala moped and pined as though some great misfortune had fallen upon her.

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • And he moped and groaned about, hoping for the best, but fearing the worst.

    The Tale of Kiddie Katydid Arthur Scott Bailey
  • I was moped, hipped, with all that dreary hospital work, so they said.

    Uncle Max Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • She thought a change would do her good, as she had moped since Daisy's departure.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago Amanda Millie Douglas
  • There he sat day after day: he did not drink, not a drop passed his lips, but he sat and moped like an owl.

    Short Stories Fiodor Dostoievski
  • Cat-Eye Mose, so old Jake tells me, moped for months after his disappearance.

    The Four Pools Mystery Jean Webster
  • I haven't done a stroke of work since the Atlantic dinner; have only moped around.

  • I wonder you are not moped to death, Clara; it's even worse than I thought it would be.'

    Aunt Mary Mrs. Perring
  • Where was the girl of yesterday—the frail white girl who had moped so listlessly in her chair, scribbling on little bits of paper?

    Contrary Mary Temple Bailey
  • Poor, honest Fido, how lonesome he was and how he moped about!

British Dictionary definitions for moped


(Brit) a light motorcycle, not over 50cc
Word Origin
C20: from motor + pedal1, originally equipped with auxiliary pedals


verb (intransitive)
to be gloomy or apathetic: there's no time to mope
to move or act in an aimless way: he moped around the flat
a gloomy person
See also mopes
Derived Forms
moper, noun
mopy, adjective
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from obsolete mope fool and related to mop²
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Word Origin and History for moped

1956, from Swedish (c.1952), from (trampcykel med) mo(tor och) ped(aler) "pedal cycle with engine and pedals" (the earliest versions had auxiliary pedals). Cf. obsolete English mo-bike (1925), from motor bicycle.



1560s, "to move and act unconsciously;" 1580s, "to be listless and apathetic," the sound of the word perhaps somehow suggestive of low feelings (cf. Low German mopen "to sulk," Dutch moppen "to grumble, to grouse," Danish maabe, dialectal Swedish mopa "to mope"). Related: Moped; moping; mopey; mopish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for moped



  1. A stupid person; fool; boob: They weren't a bunch of mopes/ make it easy for regular mopes to use the Internet (1540+)
  2. A criminal; suspect; perp (1980s+ Police)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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