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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
  • When the price of petrol soared this year, he grafted a chainsaw engine onto a bicycle to make a moped.
  • Mankind has moped up tons of limits and boundaries set on its path to glory and dominance.
  • After his release, he moped around for days, his bruises slowly changing from deep blue to shallow yellow.
  • Finally, there is also the option of renting a moped.
  • If large animals aren't your thing, rent a moped or bicycle and explore the peninsula at your own pace.
  • If you want to explore, rent a car or a moped, but beware of the high winds that often come off the ocean.
  • The hotel also arranges excursions for guests, such as cruising the island on a moped, visiting a turtle farm and snorkeling.
  • He moped around the house and was a cranky father and husband.
  • You'll need a driver's license to rent a moped, and state law requires that you wear a helmet.
  • Then he moped, and let himself get burned for a quick layup.
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.

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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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