motorcycle etymology

English word motorcycle comes from English cycle, English motor

Detailed word origin of motorcycle

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
cycle English (eng) (electronics) To turn power off and back on. (ice hockey) To maintain a team's possession of the puck in the offensive zone by handling and passing the puck in a loop from the boards near the goal up the side boards and passing to back to the boards near the goal. To go through a cycle or to put through a cycle.. To ride a bicycle or other cycle. (baseball) A single, a double, a triple, and [...]
motor English (eng) (dated) To make a journey by motor vehicle; to drive.. (informal) To move at a brisk pace.. (slang) To leave. (Christianity, archaic, poetic) The controller or prime mover of the universe; God.. (colloquial) A motor car, or automobile.. (figuratively) A source of power for something, an inspiration, a driving force.. A machine or device that converts any form of energy into mechanical [...]
motorcycle English (eng) To motor around on a motorcycle; to ride. An open-seated motor-powered vehicle with two wheels.

Words with the same origin as motorcycle

Descendants of motor