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[skoo-ter] /ˈsku tər/
a child's vehicle that typically has two wheels with a low footboard between them, is steered by a handlebar, and is propelled by pushing one foot against the ground while resting the other on the footboard.
Also called motor scooter. a similar but larger and heavier vehicle for adults, having a saddlelike seat mounted on the footboard and being propelled by a motor.
(in the U.S. and Canada) a sailboat equipped with runners for use on ice.
verb (used without object)
to sail or travel in or on a scooter.
Origin of scooter1
1800-10; scoot + -er1


[skoo-ter] /ˈsku tər/
noun, plural scooters (especially collectively) scooterer.
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Examples from the web for scooter
  • But not every scooter enthusiast is dying to get on it.
  • The scooter-sized robot was also rather good at not running into the researchers.
  • Carmakers and scooter-makers protested to the government.
  • My cousin died many years ago while traveling on his scooter.
  • At full power, it is only about as powerful as a motor scooter.
  • She began to use a walker and then a motorized scooter.
  • Now a mere scooter ride requires body armor, and in many families kids aren't permitted to ride out of sight of the house.
  • They are demanding time off, asking for raises, and trying to buy a scooter.
  • At that price point you're better off upping the ante and going with a scooter.
  • His motor scooter is chained to a railing by the platform.
British Dictionary definitions for scooter


a child's vehicle consisting of a low footboard on wheels, steered by handlebars. It is propelled by pushing one foot against the ground
(in the US and Canada) another term for ice yacht
Derived Forms
scooterist, noun
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Word Origin and History for scooter

1825, "one who goes quickly," agent noun from scoot (v.). Also in 19c. a type of plow and a syringe. As a child's toy, from 1919 (but the reference indicates earlier use), as short for motor scooter from 1917.

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